For those who want a well-dressed Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer was well-represented at the 2018 Texas State Fair after Ford brought a pair of special edition versions, including the Explorer Desert Copper Edition. Created to diversify its Explorer lineup, the Desert Copper Edition is based on the XLT trim of the SUV. The special edition Explorer comes with a number of upgrades in the exterior and interior. The automaker hasn’t said if the Explorer Desert Copper is going to be available to the public, but with the popularity of SUVs these days, don’t be surprised if the Explorer Desert Copper Edition arrives in a dealership near you sooner than later.

What Makes The Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition Special

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The Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition is based on the XLT trim of the SUV. The package itself builds on a feature-heavy version of the Explorer.

Items like LED low-beam headlamps, body-color door handles, and a body-color liftgate spoiler all come standard on the Explorer XLT. The SUV also receives a steady amount of chrome in this specific trim level.

The upgrades Ford included in the Explorer Desert Copper Edition play well with the standard equipment that the SUV already has. The chrome mirror caps, for example, add another chromed-up section to complement the accents on the bodyside cladding, liftgate appliqué, and the bars that go with the silver-painted mesh inserts. The special edition Explorer also gets a new set of 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The set is a bigger alternative to the 18-inch five-spoke sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheels that come standard on the Explorer XLT.

Move to the interior and that’s where Ford makes its money on the Desert Copper Edition.

The layout of the cabin is still the same and all the standard equipment in the trim are present and available. To distinguish the special edition Explorer, Ford dressed the first- and second-row seats and door trim panel in Ebony Black leather. Even the third-row seats receive the Ebony Black treatment, though not necessarily in leather. Instead, this section features Ebony Black vinyl with matching copper accents. Speaking of the copper accents, the Explorer Desert Copper Edition also benefits from the multitude of copper highlights and stitching that’s spread throughout the cabin.

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That’s the extent of the Explorer Desert Copper Edition’s special edition worthiness. A 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine comes standard on the XLT trim. It produces 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, and it returns 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg in the highway.

There’s no word on how much the Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition costs, but for those who are looking for an estimate, the standard Explorer XLT trim starts at $34,400. Throw in the Desert Copper Package and you’re looking at costs that could go up to around $36,000 to $37,000.

Further Reading

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

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

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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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