New 2013 Ford Explorer Sport: Fuel-Efficient, High-Performance SUV Features Inspired Design Cues and EcoBoost V6 Engine with 350-hp

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, Explorer Sport delivers enhanced on-road dynamics with sporty design cues inside and out.

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Under the hood

Completely new for 2011, the Ford Explorer has been winning over customers with its improved on-road handling, impressive comfort and convenience technologies, and fuel economy never before delivered by an SUV.

For the 2013 model year, Explorer Sport brings high-performance SUV power and projected fuel economy of up to 16 U.S. mpg in city driving and 22 U.S. mpg on the highway – anticipating 3 U.S. mpg better in the city and 2 U.S.mpg on the highway than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-litre Hemi engines. It scores 3 U.S. mpg higher in the city and 4 U.S. mpg higher on the highway than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 

The 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.

Design

Sport builds on Explorer’s muscular, sculpted form with subtle cues to differentiate it from other models in the lineup. Available in four exterior colours – Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Tuxedo Black Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic – Explorer Sport has unique 20-inch painted and machined wheels, features blacked-out headlamp and taillamp treatments, black roof rack rails, sideview mirror skull caps and a liftgate appliqué.

The Explorer Sport’s special grille is a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. The black front lower fascia features a functional opening for additional cooling. Explorer logotype in billet-like black adds a bold identity statement. Subtle Sport and EcoBoost badges at the rear finish the liftgate.

2017 ford explorer sport
The new 2017 Ford Explorer Sport

Interior

Inside, the high-end feel continues. Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seating is available with and without contrasting Sienna inserts.

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 Explorer Sport’s sculptured seats.

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.

Comfort, convenience, connectivity

As the top of the Explorer line in Canada, Sport gets a robust array of standard customer-focused technologies that make driving more comfortable, convenient and connected. These include:

  • 4WD with Terrain Management System
  • Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
  • 10-way power driver’s seat with power recline and lumbar
  • Six-way power passenger seat with recline and lumbar
  • First-row heated seats
  • Intelligent access with Push-Button Start
  • Compass and exterior temperature display
  • Rear view camera
  • Remote Start
  • SYNC® with MyFord Touch® driver connect technology
  • Sony® Premium Audio System and 12 speakers
  • Active park assist
  • 110-volt outlet
  • PowerFold mirrors
  • Adjustable pedals with memory
  • Power liftgate
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert

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