Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Ford Explorer upgraded for 2007

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PRICING: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Ford Explorer SUV starts from $25,300 for the XLT upto $35,295 for the Limited 4WD. Destination charges add $ 695.

EPA FUEL ECONOMY: 4.0L V6 – 15 city⁄21 hwy. (RWD), 15 city⁄20 hwy. (AWD); 4.6L V8 – 15 city⁄20 hwy. (RWD), 14 city⁄20 hwy. (AWD).

Fresh on the heels of a major redesign last year, the Explorer builds on the momentum with a series of upgrades and enhancements for the 2007 model year.

Ford’s Safety Canopy side air curtain system is now standard on Eddie Bauer and Limited models, the available rear-seat DVD entertainment system has a new larger eight-inch screen, a heated windshield and a navigation system are newly available options and power running boards have been added to the option list for Eddie Bauer and Limited models.

A new Ironman Package celebrates Ford’s sponsorship of the Ironman World Championship. Available on XLT models, the package provides a bold Ironman looks, complete with Ironman logos; 18-inch, machined-aluminum wheels; unique 10-way, leather trimmed, heated front seats; and an exclusive Orange Frost exterior color.

Available in rear- or four-wheel drive drivetrain configurations, the midsize Ford SUV is powered by a 4.0L V6 engine bolted to a 5R55W5 five-speed automatic transmission or an optional three-valve 4.6L V8 prime mover mated to an all-new 6R six-speed automatic transmission, a first for the segment.

The 4.0L V6 engine is certified to the same level of ultra-low emissions as the Ford Escape Hybrid as a result of the following improvements: a fifty percent improvement in idle quality due to a new camshaft and spark plugs; new engine calibrations; and improved emission controls that cut smog-forming emissions by 74 percent compared to the previous model.

The optional 4.6L V8 shares the same variable cam timing and three-valve cylinder heads used on the wildly successful Mustang GT and 5.4L Ford F-150 engine. The six- speed automatic transmission features a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio, enabling the engine to spend more time in its optimum powerband -- either at peak power for acceleration, or at peak efficiency for more fuel economy.

-Motor News Media