2013 Ford Explorer sports new EcoBoost V6 engine

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ford's current-generation Explorer full-size sport utility vehicle was introduced for the 2011 model year and features a standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, or an available 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Although in both cases these are quite good performance figures, Ford has recently announced a powerful new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 option for the 2013 model year.

The EcoBoost V6 comes in the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, a new version of the Explorer, and while specific performance figures were not divulged Ford says the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine will make "at least 350 horsepower." Simply put, that's more power than many purpose-built sports cars and comparable to some exotic supercars of the past. Fuel economy figures are projected to be 16 miles per U.S. gallon (14.7 L/100km) in the city and 22 miles per gallon (10.7 L/100km) on the highway.

Ford's 2013 Explorer Sport uses a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and routes its power to all four wheels via a Terrain Management System with settings for traversing sand, snow, rutted mud and hill descents.

Other features of the Explorer Sport include a reinforced chassis that makes the vehicle stiffer and improves handling. The Explorer Sport also has a solid-mounted electric power-assisted steering rack which provides better responsiveness during both on-road and off-road driving.

Interior amenities include a Sync information and entertainment system with MyFord Touch, a Sony premium audio system with 12 speakers, first-row heated seats, a dual-panel moonroof and a rearview camera. The 2013 Explorer Sport even features inflatable rear seat belts and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.

"Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup," said Bill Gubing, Explorer Chief Engineer. "This is our highest-performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever."

Ford's 2013 Explorer Sport is due to go on sale later this year and will be the highest specification version of the Explorer lineup, topping the Explorer base, XLT and Limited versions. With its four-wheel-drive and robust power, it will surely attract consumers in search of a performance-oriented full-size crossover sport utility vehicle.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Crossover, SUV, Ford, 2013, Explorer, Ecoboost,

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