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2016 Ford ExplorerOne of the original SUVs gets tuned up with more tech, more lux.
[MUSIC] If you think back, we were first fleeing minivans a number of years ago. One of the first places we went was to the Ford Explorer, the original edition. Now here's the 2016 getting refresh. Let's get caught up. First of all, they've got a platinum level now, which is Ford's top trim. You can push this guy almost to 50 grand. This is for folks who say give me everything. Under the hood is big news. 2.3 liter eco-boost four. A cousin, a close cousin to the same engine showing up in the new Mustang. Raised a lot of eyebrows on Mustangs, in the purists at least. But Ford knows that they've got something going on here that can do more work than the displacement would suggest. In fact, you can now get that small four in a vehicle this big that also has all wheel drive, and the ability to do some real trailer towing. Inside, smart USB charging ports. You know, not all USB charging is the same, this almost sense what kind of device you're plugging in to charge the battery efficiently. There's lots of interface changes on this Explorer. This is part of evolving forward religion. First of all, there used to be a lot of touch sensitive zones, here, on this control panel, things like climate, tuning and volume. They've gone back to fair number of buttons that kind of elegantly [UNKNOWN] in. Consumer feedback sometimes is the, you know, fiddily-touch stuff isn't as good as good ole physical button, in many cases. So see how these are done. This is new. Over here in front of the driver, this is Ford's first LCD instrument panel. It has physical dial bezels with the numbers around them, but all the other stuff in the middle and between the gauges is pure LCD. First time for them. And of course you can now get these vehicles with 180 degree porpoise camera. The front camera that looks from edge to edge in case you're a little unsure of yourself driving something of pretty good size. We've also got an increasing array of those driver assist technologies that are starting to come in to mid and even lower market. And the more expected buy drivers. Not just gee whiz stuff.