Ford Explorer ST-Line, like the Edge ST-Line that joined the Ford SUV lineup in 2020, is positioned between XLT and Limited, with various appearance and technology upgrades to stand apart in the showroom. The model is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform with four-wheel-drive capability and is powered by the most popular Explorer powertrain, a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission.
Designed for drivers who favor the performance-inspired appearance of the ST brand but don't require its full power and capability, Ford Explorer ST-Line comes with a starting MSRP that is $7,570 less than Explorer ST and $2,575 less than Explorer Enthusiast ST.
From the outside, Ford Explorer ST-Line mirrors a fully equipped Explorer ST. It rides on 20-inch machined aluminum wheels and wears ST-inspired features such as a blacked-out grille, fascia-integrated dual exhaust tips, gloss-black "EXPLORER" hood badging, and unique black-out treatment for headlamps and taillamps.
The interior is designed to provide the feel of performance while surrounding the customer with the latest technologies. Ford Explorer ST-Line customers will find Ebony Black ActiveX™-trimmed seats with Miko inserts, heated first-row seats, heated sport-style steering wheel and red accent stitching throughout. Available premium technology features include 12-speaker B&O® sound system, wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 360-degree camera. There is also Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+ technology including Evasive Steering Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and voice-activated navigation. Additional touches include ST-Line scuff plates and premium floor mats.
"The ST brand has been very well received by Explorer customers since it arrived two years ago," Newcombe said. "With the addition of Explorer ST-Line, Explorer will offer the broadest performance-inspired lineup in the segment."