Performance Ford Explorer to be Released This Year

The Ford Explorer has been a popular SUV for nearly 20 years thanks in large part to its family-friendly appeal and ability to hold plenty of passengers and cargo. However, the company is getting ready to add a dynamic new element to the Explorer lineup, a so-called "performance version," Ford announced recently.

The re-tooled SUV will be made available to consumers later this year and will not only get better mileage than previous models, but it will also feature a turbocharged V-6 engine that provides around 350 horsepower. According to the manufacturer, it will get around 22 miles per gallon on the highway, which is about three miles more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, two of the Explorer's biggest competitors.

"By carefully beefing the chassis and suspension, precisely calibrating the Terrain Management System and adding comfort and convenience features, we’ve delivered an SUV that delivers great dynamics and performance – while towing up to 5,000 pounds," said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager at Ford.

Although the updated Explorer will feature improved performance it will also look a bit sleeker. The exterior, for instance, will be highlighted by a special grille. Inside, the Explorer will feature leather trimmed seating, with a similar style available for the steering wheel.

Though it may be some time until the updated Explorer is available as a used model, there are still plenty other pre-owned versions of the popular SUV available to the public that are just as appealing. To find out which vehicle is best for you, head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction. With a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices, you're sure to locate a used Ford Explorer that fits your needs.