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New Ford Explorer Platinum pushes the SUV upscale (pictures)

At the 2014 LA Auto Show, Ford reckons that there's room at the top of the line for a more luxurious 2016 Explorer SUV.

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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The new model features a revised front and rear end, but the chassis between hasn't changed much.

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The V-6 and turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine options also persist, unchanged.

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We weren't able to sample it at the show, but the 2016 Explorer will be the first Ford vehicle to get an all-new 500-watt Sony Audio System.

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The automaker's hands-free liftgate makes an appearance on the 2016 Explorer, unlocking and raising the liftgate with a kick of a foot beneath the SUV's rear bumper.

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As seen on the new Lincoln MKC, the active park assist system can now perpendicular park, parallel park, and exit a tight space by taking control of the power steering.

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The previous model's 2.0-liter EcoBoost option is out, replaced with a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine choice.

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The new turbo-four will output "at least 270 horsepower and at least 300 pound-feet of torque."

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The automaker expects no efficiency loss with the move to a larger, more powerful engine.

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With more torque on tap, Ford has opened the availability of four-wheel drive and tow packages to four-cylinder Explorer models.

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The 2016 model year marks the appearance of a new Platinum Series trim level at the top of the Explorer lineup.

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The automaker hopes the more luxurious interior and exterior of the Platinum will appeal to a more upscale buyer.

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With more than 7 million Explorers sold in the United States, Ford stakes the Explorer's claim as America’s best-selling SUV for 25 years.

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Front and rear cameras are available on the new model and feature wide angle lenses.

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At both ends, the cameras are each equipped with a spray washer to keep the lenses clear of debris.

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The Platinum model is the top of the line, equipped with the most powerful, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 and nearly all of the available bells, whistles, and amenities.

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Aiding highway economy, the Explorer now feature active grill shutters and ducts that create "air curtains" around the rolling wheels and tires.

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The 2016 Ford Explorer goes on sale next summer.

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