Aug 28th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport will get an Ecoboost turbocharged V6 engine with 365-horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. The Explorer Sport will be rated at 16-mpg city and 22-mpg highway.
Power will come from a 3.5-liter V6 engine with Ford’s Ecoboost high compression turbocharger technology. The Explorer’s terrain management system and chassis have been tweaked to better take advantage of the extra power and the paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission will feature a unique 3.16:1 final drive ratio for better acceleration. The Explorer Sport won’t be all go, no show. Unique upscale interior and exterior changes will subtly set the Explorer Sport apart from the lower-end Explorers, according to Autoblog.
The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport will compete with the 2013 Dodge Durango R/T for the hearts and wallets of super-fast-SUV buyers. The Durango R/T has a 5.7-liter Hemi engine with 360-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The Durango is rated at just 14-mpg city and 20-mpg highway, but starts at $35,795, about $5,000 less than the Explorer Sport. At that price, it’s going to be hard for buyers to pass up the savings in favor of two mpg.
The Ecoboost V6 in the Explorer Sport is the same engine currently doing available in the Taurus SHO. Ford recently announced that an Ecoboost V6 engine would be available in the next generation 2014 Ford Mustang.
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