After teasing a new King Ranch model the other day, Ford has revealed the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch. This marks the first time the Explorer SUV has received the upscale Texas-inspired treatment, which arrives this spring.
The formula being deployed here is a familiar one. There’s few changes to the Explorer’s exterior. Ford is giving King Ranch variants a unique grille insert, unique 20-inch wheels and King Ranch badging. Those subtle touches echo treatment found on the other King Ranch variants.
Inside the Explorer King Ranch receives more substantive changes. The iconic two-tone Del Rio leather upholstery adds visual uniqueness to the King Ranch models, while Sapele wood trim on the dashboard and on the steering wheel add class. Like all other King Ranch variants, there’s the W badge found on the seat-backs, armrest and steering wheel.
All King Ranch variants are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, the Explorer King Ranch is the only trim to offer the V-6 engine in rear-wheel-drive layout. Of course, buyers can upgrade to all-wheel-drive as well.
King Ranch buyers wanting all of the goodies can opt for a Premium Technology Package that adds goodies such as multi-contour front seats, a large 10.1-inch touchscreen and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch will start at $52,350 for the rear-wheel-drive model and $54,350 for the all-wheel-drive version. It will start arriving in Ford dealerships this spring.