There’s nothing like the first glimpse at an updated version of one of our favorite vehicles. New light was recently shed on the new 2018 Ford Explorer. With updates to the front and rear ends of the exterior styling, plus enhanced technology, this rendition of the Explorer promises to be a good one.
In addition to the new front and rear styling, the 2018 Ford Explorer will update its look with four new paint color options. Customization can be taken even further with a total of five wheel designs.
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Those who are looking for constant connectivity while on the road will be happy to hear that the new Explorer will now offer an available 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. In-cabin Wi-Fi is a great tool for people who often travel for work, or for families who want entertainment options while taking longer trips. The Wi-Fi adds to an already impressive list of technology, like Ford’s available SYNC 3 infotainment system, and the new Sync Connect which offers remote connection with the Ford Explorer.
The Ford Explorer has been one of Ford’s best-sellers for some time now. The 2018 version is expected to go on sale this fall. Until then, stop in at Stoneham Ford to take a look at our current inventory of Explorers, and to learn more about the features that will carry over to the next model.
Fuel efficiency has reached an incredibly competitive point, and automakers are working on ways to give their vehicles the advantage. In addition to turbocharging and refining engines, Ford is also working on dramatically reducing the weight of the vehicles. The new Ford-Magna partnership has created a carbon fiber subframe that could shape the future of the industry.
Magna, an automotive supplier, previously created the carbon fiber grille reinforcement used in the Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500. Now, the company has partnered with Ford to engineer what could be the future of the automotive industry.
Carbon fiber subframes are around one-third lighter than traditional subframes. While a traditional subframe is forged from 45 steel pieces, a carbon fiber subframe is made from just two molded pieces and four metal components.
The carbon fiber subframe prototype has passed all of Magna’s engineering tests and has been sent to Ford for further testing and development. If the subframe passes testing, it could help increase performance and fuel economy through weight reduction.
Carbon fiber isn’t Ford’s first venture into weight reduction as a method of increasing fuel economy and performance. The Ford F-150 still features a high-strength, military-grade aluminum body, after all.
We at Stoneham Ford are happy to see two incredible companies teaming up to bring about the future of automotive engineering!