2021 Ford Explorer Increases its Lineup with Addition of New King Ranch and Timberline Trim
2021 Ford Explorer Timberline. Photo Courtesy: Ford
Ford has delivered its promise to customers for a more rugged and powerful SUV. The 2021 Ford Explorer, which continues to be one of America’s best-selling SUVs, has added two new trims to the lineup. The King Ranch and the Timberline, both of which are now available at Kelly Ford in Beverly, MA.
Ford Explorer King Ranch
The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition brings a rugged and premium appearance to the Explorer lineup. According to Ford, customer feedback and market insights have demanded a more refined interior for Explorer. In response, Explorer King Ranch will now provide premium touches and mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio leather seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running W logo.
The advanced interior continues into the cockpit with leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel combined with Sapele wood appliques as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Sapele wood insert.
The standard 3.0-liter EcoBoost under the hood produces 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque with four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations offered, combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package enables towing capacity of up to 5,600 pounds.
Finally, in addition to Ford Co-Pilot 360 technology standard on all Explorers, the King Ranch comes standard with:
· Evasive Steering Assist,
· Voice-activated touch screen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability,
· SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link
· Speed Sign Recognition
Ford Explorer Timberline
The 2021 Explorer Timberline is the latest addition to the model lineup. In fact, the Timberline Explorer happens to be the most off-road-capable Explorer ever thanks to increased ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, steel plates, Torsen limited-slip differential, Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires and new shocks.
As the seventh SUV or truck that Ford has introduced since 2019, Explorer Timberline joins the all-new Bronco brand, all-new F-150 Raptor, and the Tremor lineup of Ford trucks – Ranger Tremor, F-150 Tremor and F-Series Super Duty Tremor.
“Ford is delivering more on capable SUVs with the Timberline. Consumer data has shown us the now more than ever, customers want to get outside and explorer nature with friends and family,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company. “Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an idea combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability and great manners around town.”
For the Explorer Timberline, its ability to handle off-road terrain starts with Ford’s standard intelligent four-wheel drive. The system automatically adjusts torque between the wheels based on conditions and driver inputs to deliver the best traction – providing pre-emptive torque before wheel slips occurs. A new addition for the Explorer Timberline is a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, which automatically sends torque to the wheel with the best traction and prevents the other wheel from spinning to help keep the vehicle moving.
A standard Terrain Management System features seven drive modes – including Trail and Deep Snow/Sand – that drivers can opt for based on the conditions of the road. Standard Hill Descent Control allows the Explorer Timberline to maintain a constant speed between 2 and 12 mph, enabling drivers to focus on steering down uneven descents.
Under the hood, the Explorer Timberline features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For customers who need to tow RVs, ATVs and boats, the standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.
On the inside, the Explorer Timberline includes features that help protect the cabin and enhance the overall experience. Standard rubber floor liners help keep carpet clean during off-road adventures, while ActiveX seat trim with cloth inserts is easy to wipe clean and helps prevent occupants from sliding in the seat over rough terrain. Heated front seats, plus a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel bring added cold-weather comfort.