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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. (F).  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 (GDI) equipped "Ecoboost" branded V6 engine, which previously popped up in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, the 2010 Ford Flex, the 2011 F-150, 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 Explorer

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. (BSE:500570) subsidiary previously owned by Ford).

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.

Ford Explorer 2

The model also comes with special new trim and the rejuvenated distribution 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" four-cylinder EcoBoost version of the Explorer.

Source: Ford

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RE: This is good?
By chucky2 on 3/29/2012 6:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
They are mostly comparable in that they're the same size, have power engines, and given the Eco in EcoBoost, supposedly 'green'. That they'll also be in the same ballpark in price is just more justification for comparing them.

If you can afford to drop $53k on a Ford Explorer Sport, you can afford to drop $58-$62k on a BMW x5d. Are those two rides comparable in features? The Sport isn't out yet, so we don't really know.

I'm betting they're pretty darn close in features. Unless one is scraping buy just to get the Sport, you'd have to be insane to get the Ford over the BMW.

<---longtime Ford owner, will continue to buy Ford (hard to beat A plan + incentives)

RE: This is good?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/29/2012 8:06:01 PM , Rating: 1
Okay I'm trying not to sound frustrated, but sir, I cannot even find newly USED X5d's for less than $50k. You are low-balling the cost of the BMW seriously. And why? Just to make a tenuous point?

I guess everyone should buy BMW's and nobody should buy anything else? If you can afford a V6 Accord, you can buy a 3 Series. If you can get a 350Z, you can buy an Z4 Roadster. Etc etc. Like seriously?

RE: This is good?
By Spuke on 3/29/2012 11:33:06 PM , Rating: 2
If you can afford to drop $53k on a Ford Explorer Sport, you can afford to drop $58-$62k on a BMW x5d.
You're STILL missing the point. NO ONE buys a stripped BMW and at $58-62K, that car is still stripped. For $62k you get the Sport Activity and Premium Sound Packages. That's it!!! No Nav, no HUD, no keyless entry, no 4 zone climate control. Or maybe you could skip the Sport Activity and get the Premium Package which gets you the Nav and 4 zone climate control but no HUD or Sport Activity package.

And at $62k you're talking $9k over a LOADED Explorer. You said a person that can afford $53k can afford another $9k?? Well that's ~$400 a month difference in price (people in this price range still make car payments). Definitely NOT chump change and something car buyers in that market just shrug off. LOL! And they definitely do NOT sacrifice amenities for a badge.

RE: This is good?
By chucky2 on 3/30/2012 3:34:17 PM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of people driving around in base BMW's. Yes, the AVERAGE BMW owner isn't buying a base BMW. A base x5d to someone who's buying a Ford Explorer is already going to be loaded - there is no reason for them to upfit it.

Compare as like as possible Explorer Sport (whenever the option is avaiable) to a base x5d. My bet is you don't need to add anything significant to the base x5d to have it compete feature-wise with the Explorer Sport.

Anyone in this economy buying a $53k SUV for onroad use, which, face it, will be the only use the Explorer Sport ever sees, can most likely pony up another $3-$5k for a base or base+ x5d.

The very few who can't, well, they can enjoy their overpriced station wagon.

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