Recently, with a fall of oil prices, SUV market is at its peak with Ford being the highest in demand. Now Ford is adding a new trim to its Explorer range which is, in fact, more of a package and less of a trim, thus going viral with the name, “Ford Explorer Sport Appearance Package.” Since it will be offered on the XTL trim level, it is named as, “2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package”. The package effectively joins five trims which include, Base, XTL, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The XTL Sport Appearance package is one of the most attractive options.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Design and Features:
The new appearance package has a Sport’s blackout grille and other lower-spec XTL model features.
The interior and exterior of this model is an upgraded version of 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package trim. At the front is a new Magnetic Gray grille and LED fog lights. The hood has “Explorer” written across it. In addition to this, there is a black roof rack and a Magnetic Gray strip between the two taillights. The models ride on 20-inch Magnetic wheels with mirror caps on its side view mirror.
The interior is also unique and chic with fronts seats covered in Earth Gray leather while others have Salerno premium leather. The rear seats are also of the same color with their inserts featuring Umber scrim. Umber scrim is also present on the door inserts. Moreover, the floor mats have the Explorer logo on them
Other popular features include Ford’s Intelligent Access system which has a push-button ignition, 10-way power driver’s seat, and the Sync 3 infotainment system. The standard features of XTL are also present.
It can also accommodate around seven people, thus provides a lot of cargo space. It even has the option of folding passenger seats to provide more room for passengers or items. Moreover, there’s state-of-the-art technology that ensures convenience and safety. Overall the car has been ranked well by the National Highway Traffic Security Administration.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Drivetrain Configuration:
The engine is same as the XTL trim. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 one that has a 290 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. It is integrated with a six-speed Select shift automatic transmission system (that provides power to all wheels). It thus provides greater fuel efficiency.
It further has a Terrain Management system which consists of 4 terrain modes; normal, snow, sand and mud.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Price and Release Date:
Until now Ford has not disclosed the model’s intended price. However, it is widely believed that it will be somewhere between the price of XTL and Limited. So it is likely to lie between, $33,400 and $37,000.
The 2017 Ford Explorer XTL Sport Appearance Package will be released on the 2017 Ford Escape lineup. It will be introduced on two trims, the SE and Titanium Trims.
The model that is thought to give direction competition to the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder and Jeep Grand Cherokee, is a reasonable choice if you are a fan of SUVs.