Ford Reveals the 2021 Explorer King Ranch Edition
For a long time, Ford has offered a trim level in its trucks and full-size SUVs called King Ranch. The trim is known for its western styling and an opulent interior that smells like a leather store. Now, Ford is bringing the premium appearance package to its best-selling Explorer SUV.
The hallmark of the King Ranch name is rich specialty leather and wood trim. The 2021 Explorer King Ranch Edition features Mesa Del Rio leather, real wood appliqués, and attention to every detail. The seats are embroidered with the King Ranch Running W logo. Other features include leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel with sapele wood inserts, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and wood inserts.
Buyers can also opt for a Premium Technology Package that brings multi-contour seats with active motion massage, a 10.1-inch center stack portrait touchscreen with swipe and zoom capabilities, and a 14-speaker B&O Sound System tuned to the Explorer’s interior. On the outside, the SUV gets special wheels and King Ranch badges, along with a unique Stone Gray painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Running W center cap, a liftgate scuff plate, and four chrome exhaust tips.
Power for the Explorer comes from a 3.0-liter EcoBoost, making 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic. A Class III Trailer Tow Package is standard, and the SUV can tow up to 5,600 pounds. The Explorer King Ranch Edition starts at $52,350 for the rear-wheel-drive configuration or $54,350 for the four-wheel-drive, with availability starting this spring.