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2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch Revealed With Posh Upgrades

motor1.com logo motor1.com 2/24/2021 Adrian Padeanu

a car parked in a parking lot: 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch © Motor1.com Copyright 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch

The Blue Oval calls it the most refined Explorer to date.

Two decades have passed since Ford introduced the King Ranch on the F-150 SuperCrew. Since 2001, five generations of the F-150 have received the Texas-approved upgrade treatment along with four generations of the Super Duty and three iterations of the Expedition. Today, the cowboy-themed trim level is being added to the Explorer for the first time.

From the outside, you can tell it’s the King Ranch by the unique mesh grille insert finished in Stone Gray. In addition, the new Explorer flavor has different 20-inch wheels with W-branded center caps along with a liftgate scuff plate. Rounding off the upgrades on the outside are the quad exhaust tips and the King Ranch badging.

Power is provided by a 3.0-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with 365 hp and 380 lb-ft (515 Nm) on tap or the same as in the more expensive Platinum trim. The Explorer King Ranch will be offered in both RWD and AWD configurations whereas the aforementioned Platinum and the more powerful ST come exclusively with an all-paw layout.

The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch goes on sale this spring from $52,350 with RWD and $54,350 with AWD. The latter is more expensive than the 400-horsepower ST ($52,605) and costs just about as much as the high-end Platinum ($54,480).

Beyond the King Ranch, spy shots have revealed Ford will be expanding the Explorer lineup furthermore with the addition of a rugged Timberline trim.

There's Another New Explorer Flavor On The Way:

Source: Ford

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