The Explorer King Ranch also comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Assist + safety technology suite, including evasive steering assist, speed sign recognition, a voice-activated touch-screen navigation unit with pinch-to-zoom and adaptive cruise control that is capable of both lane centering as well as intermittent traffic. The suite also includes SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
The exterior has a few more modifications that will differentiate your Explorer King Ranch from the less elegant Explorers used by law enforcement, including a stone gray painted mesh grille insert exclusive to the King Ranch Edition that we can now look for in traffic. The King Ranch badge, chrome quad exhaust tips, liftgate skid plate, and 20-inch aluminum wheels with, you guessed it, more King Ranch brand logos complete the look.
The King Ranch Edition is also the first Explorer to offer the combination of rear-wheel drive and its standard 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 biturbo. Four-wheel drive is still an option in case you can venture into the tough stuff. You’ll get 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque with the 3.0-liter EcoBoost, which is mated to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
Fun Fact: The King Ranch itself is comprised of approximately 825,000 acres, making it the largest ranch in the US and larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. According to Ford, the ranch has its own fleet of 300 Ford trucks to keep it moving. If they decide to add a few Explorers to the fleet, the Explorer King Ranch should at least be able to tow a modest horse trailer with its standard Class III towing package and a towing capacity of up to 5,600 pounds.
Since 2001, the King Ranch trim line has been on five generations of the F-150, four generations of Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks and three generations of the Expedition.
The first Explorer King Ranch Edition goes on sale this spring for an MSRP of $ 52,350 for the rear-wheel drive model and $ 54,350 for the four-wheel drive.