The 2022 Beijing Motor Show was to be the stage for the American brand Ford to present the half-life update of its SUV model Explorer 2023. However, due to the major lockdowns, this has had to be suspended. Still, the brand’s plans have continued and thanks to photos provided we have learned of the recent update for China of the Ford Explorer 2023. This launch will only be for the local market in the Asian giant and it is shown with a slight facelift and a state-of-the-art technology in the cabin that could be applied in the future to the model sold in the United States.
Slight design change
In terms of design, the SUV debuts new LED headlights on its front along with a large grille and a front bumper that makes it look longer, now measures 5,063 mm compared to the 5,050 mm of the previous model. This bumper now lacks DRL lights and has chrome accents and thinner air intakes. For its part, in the saga we get new LED lights that are joined through a chrome strip, while under the bumper is a protective plate and double exhaust outlets finished in chrome.
In the cabin, the atmosphere of the 2023 Explorer has become more premium and is compared to the Evos and Mondeo models sold in China, with thinner air vents, new rotating dials in the center console, while at the technological level we have a multifunctional steering wheel followed by a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a head-up display. The infotainment is now controlled from a new, longer panoramic touchscreen that covers much of the dashboard and gives the front passenger more control to adjust the multimedia system.
The boost comes from the turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost block that delivers a power of 276 hp and 425 Nm of torque. This engine is associated only with a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends all its power to the rear wheels.