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2016 Ford Explorer Says Bye to 2.0L EcoBoost at 2014 L.A. Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/20/2014 Erick Ayapana
2016 Ford Explorer Says Bye to 2.0L EcoBoost at 2014 L.A. Show 2016-Ford-Explorer-Sport-front-three-quarter2© Provided by MotorTrend 2016-Ford-Explorer-Sport-front-three-quarter2

SHOW FLOOR UPDATE:Ford unveiled the 2016 Explorer, along with some interesting tidbits about the long-running SUV. Ford has sold over 7 million copies and the Explorer is about to celebrate its 25th birthday. It's the most exported Ford model from the U.S. Lastly, the new super-luxurious Platinum model sports a platinum oval badge on the steering wheel, which is the first time Ford has veered away from the traditional blue oval badge.
The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer rolled through the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and it did so without the 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder engine. It also gets a reworked mug, more tech, and a new Platinum trim level that adds more premium features than before.
The big news here is that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged I-4 has been replaced by Ford's new 2.3-liter Ecoboost. The automaker says it should make 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 240 hp and 270 lb-ft that the 2.0 made. That said, the 2.3 can be had with all-wheel drive and allows towing capability (up to 3000 pounds), two selling points that were missing from the 2.0 EcoBoost-powered Explorer.
New available tech includes 180-degree front and rear cameras, kick-activated power tailgate, Smart USB ports, and standard LED headlights. A Platinum trim level joins the lineup and includes premium leather (seats, dashboard, and door panels), special stitching, an all-digital instrument panel, unique grille, and large wheels. The Platinum model, along with the Explorer Sport, is powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and comes with standard all-wheel drive.
The base 3.5-liter V-6 carries over, as well as the base, XLT, and Limited trim models. Look for the 2016 to arrive in showrooms early next year.
Follow our coverage of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show right HERE.

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