2016 Ford Explorer Spied Nearly Nude
Updated Lighting and Styling For Popular Crossover
If you’re waiting with bated breath and sweaty palms for crossover news, today is your lucky day. The 2016 Ford Explorer was caught wearing a revealing camo vinyl wrap instead of heavy, black camouflage, and it looks pretty good. The popular SUV-turned-crossover still looks much the same for 2016, but keen eyes will notice an updated set of lights and some slightly modified styling.
The most obvious of the styling changes is a new set of headlights and foglamps. In the photos, the color coming from the headlights makes us think that Ford may offer LED headlamps in the Explorer, with the technology making its first appearance on a Ford in the 2015 F-150. If the headlights are LEDs, then it’s almost guaranteed that the foglamps will be as well.
It’s very difficult to tell, but the A-pillar may be body-colored again, which would give the 2016 model a profile very similar to the first-generation Explorer, which featured blacked-out B and D-pillars. That would be an easy way to cash in on the model’s heritage, particularly since detractors have criticized the Explorer’s transition from a body-on-frame layout to a unibody design for the 2011 model year.
Around back, the new backlight doesn’t mount flush with the tailgate or D-pillar anymore. This makes us wonder if the new tailgate might extend farther from the back of the CUV, perhaps to increase luggage room. The tailgate is also more sculpted, which we think looks pretty snappy. The taillights also look like they sport a new design, but LEDs are all but guaranteed to return for 2016.
We don’t know this for sure, but we’d bet our lunch money that the 2016 Explorer follows Ford’s trend of significant interior updates with each refresh. We expect lots of new technology and some altered styling for the cockpit to go along with the exterior changes. We’ll know more in the next few months.
What do you think? Will the 2016 Explorer be ready to go toe to toe with the new Kia Sorento and other three-row crossovers?