2013 Ford Explorer "Sport" Airs, Gets EcoBoost
March 28, 2012 4:33 PM
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New premium SUV is packed with Ford's high-tech features, options
The beloved SUV is finally starting to shed its "gas guzzler" distinction, thanks to vehicles like the new 2013 Explorer SUV from Ford Motor Comp. (
). Ford unveiled this morning its upgraded model, which brings a new marquee submodel, the Ford Explorer Sport.
Ford has been putting a lot of pressure on fellow automakers with its
premium package consumer vehicles
, which often offer features sets that are quite competitive with its rivals' luxury brand vehicles.
The Explorer Sport has been empowered with Ford's
twin-turbocharged, gasoline direct injection
, which previously popped up in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, the 2010 Ford Flex, the
, and a pair of Lincoln branded vehicles (the MKS and MKT).
Ford did not list the exact horespower of its latest tuned Ecoboost V6, but it's expected to deliver over 350 hp, while offering up 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.
Ford says that's anticipated to be 3/2 mpg better (city/highway, respectively) than Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T with
5.7L Hemi engines
, and 3/4 mpg better than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (Land Rover is a Tata Motor Comp. (
Aside from beating its rivals by double digit percentages in the fuel economy department, the new SUV is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The model also comes with special new trim and the
of MyFord Touch, which was added to the
base Explorer model in 2011
. The vehicle also has a high-tech set of options, which include
Active Park Assist (APS)
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)
, and Push Button Start.
In July of last year, Ford introduced a "lesser"
version of the Explorer.
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RE: This is good?
3/29/2012 3:59:06 PM
And this is my problem with the EPA numbers and hence test protocol. If gas engined car A has a mpg for highway of 38, and the same vehicle with a diesel, car B, has a mpg for highway of 42, a buyer is going to say, Oh, car A gets 4 mpg less on the highway than car B.
But in Reality, car B driver the way most drivers drive on the highway, is not going to get 38, it's going to get 33, 34, maybe 35 or 36 if it's really lucky. Same car, same driving style, same Reality, car B is getting 44-46 mpg. So the difference in Reality, where it actually counts, isn't 4, it's 8 or 9 or 10 mpg.
Now go back when doing the purchase, and completely taking out the performance one gets while getting "42 mpg" vs "38 mpg", people do the math and say, Wow, between the slightly increased purchase price (for cars), plus the increased cost of fuel, not sure if diesel is worth it.
Yet in Reality, if they'd factored in the 8-10mpg difference, they'd d@mn sure be wanting the diesel. And again, that excludes the performance benefits the economical diesel has over the economical gasser.
The EPA has failed here, and in doing so, screwed up public perception and by that, screwed up their pocket book... (well, US auto manufacturers hand in hand helped also, but not bringing over their CD offerings, but that's another subject entirely...however related).
RE: This is good?
3/29/2012 4:02:48 PM
Typo in my second paragraph above: First 'car B' should be 'car A'.
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