2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch Edition joins the lineup
Ford Explorer, America’s all-time best-selling SUV, adds the first-ever King Ranch Edition to its stable this Spring. Explorer fans, along with midsize SUV customers will appreciate its storied interior premium ambiance coupled with an all-new rugged, premium appearance exterior of the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch Edition.
“In 1853, Captain Richard King bootstrapped the King Ranch in the harsh landscape of southern Texas until it became a shining example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Ford Explorer families can now enjoy a piece of the King Ranch’s renowned craftsmanship and the multigeneration legacy that still thrives 168 years after its founding.”
King Ranch Premium Interior
Customer feedback and market insights have demanded a more refined interior for Explorer. The uncompromising quality, craftsmanship and authenticity of the iconic Texas ranch will now grace the Ford Explorer in addition to the Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 F-250 and F-350 Trucks.
Explorer King Ranch features premium touches with mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio leather seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running W logo.
The center console is crafted with a Mesa Del Rio leather armrest and King Ranch logo insert.
The refinement continues in the cockpit with leather door trim rollovers, a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument panel combined with Sapele wood appliqués as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Sapele wood insert.
“Introducing King Ranch’s specialty leather, genuine wood, crafted details and signature colors to Ford Explorer elevates the SUV’s brand,” said Janet Seymour, Ford color and materials manager. “The warm, earthy Norias colorway, natural open pore wood appliqués and rope perforation design on the seats are just a couple ways we were able to bring the King Ranch lifestyle to a whole new group of customers.”
Complementing the refined interior is an available Premium Technology Package featuring multi-contour seats with active motion massaging functionality,
King Ranch Signature Exterior
Outside, Explorer King Ranch comes decked out with a unique Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with Running W center cap, liftgate scuff plate and quad chrome exhaust tips. Capping it all off is the iconic signature King Ranch badging.
Power and Drivetrain
Under the hood is the standard 3.0-liter EcoBoost producing 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability.
Both four-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive configurations are offered.
A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package enables towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
Infotainment & Technology
The available Premium Technology Package also includes a 10.1-inch center stack portrait touch screen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability as well as a 14-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen specially tuned to Explorer’s interior.
In addition to Ford Co-Pilot360 technology standard on all Explorer models, Explorer King Ranch comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, a voice-activated touch screen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link and Speed Sign Recognition.
Ford King Ranch History
The introduction of Explorer King Ranch marks 20 years of Ford’s relationship with the iconic Texas cattle ranch, beginning with the 2001 F-150 King Ranch, when Ford and King Ranch teamed up to build a more upscale western-themed truck.
The 2001 F-150 King Ranch was based on the newly introduced F-150 SuperCrew. It featured a leather-covered front console with the King Ranch brand, and front and rear King Ranch leather captain’s chairs, as well as F-150 King Ranch branding throughout the interior and exterior.
Since then, five generations of Ford F-150, four generations of Ford F-Series Super Duty and three generations of Ford Expedition have worn the King Ranch badge.
Today, workers at the Texas ranch use a fleet of more than 300 Ford trucks to get the job done every day.
Pricing and Availability
The Explorer King Ranch edition will start at $52,350 MSRP for rear-wheel-drive configuration and $54,350 MSRP for four-wheel drive.
The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition will be available in dealerships this spring.
Learn more about the complete line of 2021 Ford Explorer SUV’s HERE.
Source: Ford Press Release