Los Angeles 2014: Ford Freestyle Ecoboost Debuts

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Oh wait, we mean Taurus X. Oh wait…nevermind.

The big news for 2016 is the addition of an Explorer Platinum trim, which gets the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 as standard. Think of it as an Explorer Sport for those who don’t want an Explorer Sport. There’s also a 2.3L Ecoboost replacing the old 2.0L unit.

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  • Mjz Mjz on Nov 19, 2014

    Yeesh, that is one damn busy looking front end. Any styling cliches they managed to miss? It looks like they had several design mock ups, couldn't decide which one looked best and just said f*ck it, and combined ALL of them into this monstrosity.

  • Kosmo Kosmo on Nov 20, 2014

    I think the Explorer is built on the Volvo XC90 chassis? If so, I'd rather see the 10+ year old styling of the XC90 than this. And they do seem overpriced, and not discounted/rebated that much, but hey, wait until December 1, when the year end sales wars start! But really, when it comes to the family utility vehicle, I'll drive our AWD Sienna into the ground, though I wish DEARLY that it came with a Ford 3.5L Ecoboost engine!

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    • Lie2me Lie2me on Nov 20, 2014

      @bball40dtw Refresh? It's still a shoebox, not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's a shoebox none the less

  • Mervich Mervich on Nov 20, 2014

    I've owned four Explorers…none of the current incarnation with the bloated Edge front treatment, though. The 2016 model front-end treatment looks more like a proper Explorer. This is what the 2011 Explorer SHOULD HAVE looked like!

  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Nov 21, 2014

    I'm gonna go against the grain and say I like this grille better than the "cut down F150" grille the Explorer has now. It's still a ghastly vehicle, though. F***ing ponderous.