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2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch brings big-horse energy to the Blue Oval's popular crossover

Ford is celebrating 20 years of King Ranch by offering the trim on its popular three-row Explorer SUV for the first time.

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2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch

Ford's collaboration with King Ranch has gone on for 20 years now.

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And in all that time, the King Ranch badge has never graced the Explorer.

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That changes for 2021, with the introduction of the Explorer King Ranch.

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As in other, similarly badged models, the Explorer King Ranch gets covered in leather and wood accents.

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It also gets rear-wheel drive as standard, with a standard 3.0-liter EcoBoost.

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This is the first time that motor has been offered with RWD in the Explorer.

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There is also an optional tow package, giving the Explorer a 5,600-pound towing capacity.

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Exterior differences include a gray-painted mesh grille.

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As well as standard 20-inch wheels with King Ranch center caps. 

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Inside there is an advanced technology pack that gives a 14-speaker B&O stereo, among other things.

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