Special edition Explorer adds a splash of luxury to the SUV

In a state where SUVs rule the roads, Ford dropped four larger-than-life special edition SUVs at the 2018 Texas State Fair. One of the four models is the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, a unique take on the popular Explorer SUV that adds appearance upgrades on the vehicle’s exterior and interior. The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition is joined by the Explorer Desert Copper Edition and a pair of Expedition special editions — the Expedition Stealth Edition and the Expedition Texas Edition — in the annual fair.

What Makes The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition Special

2018 Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition
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The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition gets its name from the plush upgrades it receives.

The special edition SUV is based on the Explorer Limited trim, there are plenty of upgrades to go around. The exterior, for example, features chrome mirror caps and a set of 20-inch, painted and machined aluminum wheels. The latter is an option that prospective buyers can get, though it’s hard to imagine anybody turning down this kind of swanky wheels.

Move to the interior and there are more upgrades in this section. Multi-contour seats with Active Motion technology come standard on the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition. The seats are then dressed in Nirvana leather with micro-perforations. Likewise, the steering wheel gets in on the leathery fun while the door trim receives leather inserts.

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No engine upgrades are included in the special edition Explorer. Customers can still expect to get a 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that produces 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

There is an option to get a different engine, specifically a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 unit that pumps out 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Whichever engine you choose, it’s going to help you get where you need to go in style.

“People want SUVs, they’ve told us that,” Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford, said in a statement. “Whether an adventure-minded individual, a couple who needs room to haul home improvement supplies or a family loading up for a trip across the country, SUVs are in demand. Ford wants to have an SUV available that caters to any circumstance.”

Pricing for the Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition has not been announced, but with the Explorer Limited trim starting at $34,400, expect the special edition variety to start somewhere in the vicinity of $37,000.

Further Reading

2017 Ford Explorer – Driven Exterior High Resolution
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Read our driven review on the 2017 Ford Explorer.

Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition.

2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the appetite for sport utility vehicles. While demand for Ford SUVs is climbing across the United States, drivers from El Paso to Houston continue to show why the Lone Star State is so crucial to automakers’ SUV portfolios.

Celebrating its position as the best-selling vehicle brand in Texas, Ford unveiled to crowds at the State Fair of Texas four new special-edition models designed to give buyers of large SUVs more options in the vehicles they love.

Expedition sales in Texas – Ford’s biggest market for large SUVs – represent nearly 25 percent of retail sales nationally and outnumber combined sales in Florida and California, the second- and third-largest Expedition markets.

“Texans love their SUVs and these four special-edition models were created very much with them in mind,” said Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford. “Each of these vehicles is a proof point that Ford takes seriously the need to continuously freshen an SUV lineup that is so popular with so many.”

All four new special-edition models shown at the State Fair of Texas are available for order later this year. They are:

Expedition Stealth Edition features gloss-black accessories for a cool yet upscale appearance over the current Limited series. It rolls on 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels and includes continuously controlled damping. Gloss-black features include grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate and hitch cover, headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels and taillamp housing. Black “Expedition” badging adorns the front, while the tailgate features a black “Limited” badge. Door handles are body color, and red interior stitching accents the interior

Expedition Texas Edition adds 22-inch wheels and new Texas Edition badging to build upon the existing Special Edition Package available for Limited models that already offers a collection of features to make hauling, towing and parking easier. These include the Cargo Package, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and enhanced active park assist

Explorer Limited Luxury Edition offers available appearance upgrades on the Limited series. Explorer owners can opt for 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, multi-contour seats with Active Motion®, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation, an upgraded leather steering wheel, door trim with leather inserts and chrome mirror caps

Explorer Desert Copper Edition upgrades an XLT model to include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, Ebony Black leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats and door trim panel. The interior features copper highlights and stitching and Ebony Black vinyl third-row seats with copper accents

By expanding choices in its large SUV lineup, Ford looks to continue offering more of the vehicles that consumers say they want. More and more drivers are turning away from traditional sedans in favor of larger trucks and SUVs that offer more space, amenities and capability. A 2017 Ford report found that millennials are beginning to move to the suburbs and buy larger SUVs.

“People want SUVs, they’ve told us that,” Patterson said. “Whether an adventure-minded individual, a couple who needs room to haul home improvement supplies or a family loading up for a trip across the country, SUVs are in demand. Ford wants to have an SUV available that caters to any circumstance.”

Last year, Ford set a sales record when it closed 2017 with nearly 800,000 SUVs sold. In the past six years, Ford has grown its North American SUV sales by 28 percent, hitting a number of milestones across its lineup of SUV nameplates:

Edge recorded best-ever total annual sales of nearly 143,000 vehicles

Escape recorded best-ever total annual sales of more than 300,000 vehicles

Explorer recorded its best sales year in more than a decade with 238,056 SUVs sold

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