Out of Ford Philippines’ lineup, there are currently three models that are from North America – the Mustang sports coupe, the Expedition full-size SUV, and the Explorer crossover. The latter needs a bit of a refresh, as the last time it had an update was two years ago, while the other two got a major update during the 2018 Manila International Auto Show.
Well, if you’ve been eyeing to buy the Explorer, you’re in luck as Ford PH quietly gave it a facelift last week. Displayed during the Ford Island Conquest Year 2, the 2019 Explorer got really minor updates inside and out.
At first glance, you wouldn’t easily spot the changes in the 2019 Explorer, so here’s a guide. The full-size crossover now has a redesigned front bumper and grille. The new grille has more slats than before, while the honeycomb lower grille is replaced by a plain type.
The C-shaped fog lamps are also now L-shaped while getting a piano-black trim that separates the bumper from the fascia. At the rear, the change is more minor as the Explorer only gets quad-exhaust tailpipes.
Inside, the changes are also subtle. The SYNC 3 infotainment system is given capabilities to integrate smartphones through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The materials used inside are a bit updated for a plusher and more premium feel.
The 2019 Ford Explorer retains its price tag: P2,798,000 for the 2.3 Limited EcoBoost 4x2 AT and P3,178,000 for the 3.5 Sport V6 EcoBoost 4x4 AT. See it in the metal during the subsequent Ford Island Conquest Year 2 in Laguna and Pampanga, and take your chance to test drive the first-ever Ranger Raptor as well.
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