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The sixth-generation Ford Explorer is now in PH

The sole variant retails for P2,998,000

The Explorer goes back to a rear-wheel-drive platform. PHOTO FROM FORD

A few months ago, we caught a glimpse of two unreleased Ford vehicles on the automaker’s website. These models were definitely coming, but we didn’t know when. After the recent launch of the diesel F-150, it was only a matter of time before the new all-new Explorer would be officially launched.

Well, Ford did launch the vehicle today quietly. The sixth-generation Explorer will only be offered in one variant, which is the Limited. This will run you a cool P2,998,000, but it offers plenty of toys for the price tag.

It comes standard with run-flat tires. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The Explorer comes with 2.3-liter EcoBoost in-line-four engine. It packs 300hp and 420Nm, and is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels, and it also features a Terrain Management System to allow drivers to pick the right mode to optimize grip on every surface. One neat feature about this car is that the 20-inch aluminum wheels are wrapped in run-flat tires.

Luxuries within the interior include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a power liftgate, ambient lighting, and a twin-panel moonroof. The second row has to make do with heated split bench seats, but there are sunshades in the back. Meanwhile, third-row seats are power-folding, so you don’t have to contort your body in weird ways to stow them.

No luxury vehicle would be complete without a high-tech infotainment system. PHOTOS FROM FORD

This Explorer also dons many tech upgrades like its new Sync 3 software running the eight-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 6.5-inch screen in the instrument panel. Music is played through a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and there’s even a wireless charging pad in the center console. Finally, there’s a 230V power outlet that can charge large gadgets like laptops.

This is one way to have the Explorer all to yourself. PHOTO FROM FORD

Ford’s Co-Pilot360 is also there to make your experience a whole lot safer and convenient. There are features like a 360° camera, pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control with lane-centering and stop-and-go functionalities.

It makes sense that there is only a single Explorer variant with all the bells and whistles, but we’re secretly hoping that Ford will offer the ST and ST-Line in the future for those who want their family haulers to look sportier.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.