We are now in the second half of this slow year 2020 and vehicle updates inevitably arrive. This is true even with the Ford Explorer, which launched last year as a new generation model. It’s built from the ground up, but that doesn’t mean the next iteration won’t have an update, no matter how small.
In fact, the Ford Explorer ST will only get a fairly minor interior upgrade for the 2021 model year. According to a report by Ford Authority, the sportier version of the midsize crossover will only get glossy interior trim in various places, including the doors.
The updates mentioned above are intended to complement the Explorer ST’s exterior styling, which is accented by glossy black trim. Those black pieces include the wheels, which arguably look great on the massive crossover. Sporty styling also matches the Explorer ST’s sporty driving manners, thanks to its powerful 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
The Ford authority also reports that production of the 2021 Explorer will begin on September 21, 2020 at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant, alongside the Lincoln Aviator. It is worth noting that this is only the second year of production for the Explorer, so the minor update is definitely overdue.
The updates mentioned above add to the previous version that the Explorer XLT will receive a sporty appearance package. This cosmetic update will also be available for model year 2021, which aims to boost the sales performance of the nameplate. Ford said slow Explorer sales were due to production issues.
The other 2021 updates are not being disclosed at this point, but we expect Ford to officially announce this early, along with the price changes – if there are any at all.