The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition brings a refined, upscale interior and celebrates 20 years of Ford’s collaboration with the legendary south Texas cattle ranch.
This is the first-ever such edition for the Explorer. The King Ranch badge has been worn by such Ford models as the F-150 (5 generations), F-Series Super Duty (4 generations) and Expedition (3 generations).
The King Ranch is a famous example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success. Captain Richard King bootstrapped the ranch in 1853 in southern Texas, and it still thrives 168 years after foundation. Workers at the Texas ranch use a fleet of more than 300 Ford trucks today.
For the interior of the Explorer King Ranch, Ford uses King Ranch’s logos and specialty leather, natural open pore wood appliqués, rope perforation design, crafted details, warm, earthy Norias colorway.
The Premium Technology Package is available, including multi-contour seats with massage functioning, a 10.1-inch center stack portrait touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability, a 14-speaker B&O Sound System.
The exterior features a unique Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with Running W center cap, liftgate scuff plate and quad chrome exhaust tips.
Under the hood, there is a standard 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 365 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift.
Ford offers both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations for this edition.
The Class III Trailer Tow Package comes as standard. It provides the towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
The standard driver-assistance equipment includes Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ with Adaptive Cruise Control, Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, a voice-activated touch screen navigation system, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Speed Sign Recognition.
The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition starts at $52,350 (RWD) and $54,350 (4WD). It will reach U.S. dealers’ showrooms this spring.