The first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer arrives this year with the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high-performance SUVs. With a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making at least 350 horsepower and four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System, Ford Explorer Sport delivers enhanced on-road dynamics with sporty design cues inside and out.
For the 2013 model year, Ford Explorer Sport brings high performance SUV power and projected fuel economy of up to 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway anticipating 3 mpg better in the city and 2 mpg on the highway than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-liter Hemi engines. It scores 3 mpg higher in the city and 4 mpg higher on the highway than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
The Ford Explorer Sport features a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with a unique 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio to provide the balance of responsive acceleration and economical low-rpm cruising for better fuel efficiency. The chassis also has been specially reinforced, making Ford Explorer Sport stiffer and improving its handling. Ford Explorer Sport also brings a solid-mounted electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack with a faster ratio, providing more responsiveness to drivers both on-road and off.
The interior design contrast was inspired by fashion, mirroring two-tones that are currently seen in leather accessories and apparel from design houses Balenciaga and Prada. Stitching is emphasized to lend a handcrafted appearance while highlighting Ford Explorer Sport’s sculptured seats. Ford Explorer Sport also has unique steering wheel stitching, a technical look to instrument and door panel appliqués, unique Sport-logo floor mats and illuminated scuff plates.