2025 Ford Explorer launched with revamped exterior, interior and updated features

Ford Explorer, the company’s best-selling SUV in America is back with a fresh look inside and out, plus some cool new features.

For over 30 years, the Ford Explorer has been a top choice for SUV lovers, offering comfort, performance, and practicality. Now, the 2025 Ford Explorer lineup, including the Active, ST-Line, ST, and Platinum models, takes things to the next level. The interior has been given a makeover with new colors, textures, and materials, making it more refined than ever before.

But that’s not all! The 2025 Explorer introduces the Ford Digital Experience infotainment system, bringing advanced technology right to your fingertips. And here’s the cherry on top – if you go for the ST-Line, ST, or Platinum models, you can enjoy the convenience of Ford BlueCruise for hands-free driving on the highway. So, get ready to hit the road in style and comfort with the all-new 2025 Ford Explorer!

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• Experience comfort on the go: A revamped interior featuring softer touchpoints and high-quality materials ensures more enjoyable journeys.

• Explore hands-free: Explorer owners can now enjoy hands-free highway driving with the available Ford BlueCruise2.

• Enhance your digital journey: With the Ford Digital Experience infotainment system, drivers can effortlessly access their favorite apps and services from Google and Amazon. The integrated native experience also supports Apple CarPlay via iPhone and Android Auto through compatible devices, extending your digital life on the road.

Elevated Comfort in the Explorer

Experience a new standard of comfort in the redesigned interior, featuring exquisite details, surfaces, and colors. This includes fresh wrap-and-stitch soft-touch surfaces on the center console, door panels, and a revamped dashboard. Additionally, there’s the option for ActiveX, a durable and premium synthetic seating material. The updated interior exudes a premium feel, enhanced by silver mesh accents.

To create a more open and spacious cabin for front-row passengers, the dashboard has been shifted forward. An integrated tray beneath the touchscreen accommodates an available wireless phone charging pad, and USB connections are conveniently placed to charge mobile devices in all three rows.

New standard interior color schemes:

  • Platinum
    • Mojave Dusk leather instrument panel, door panels and console with matched accent stitching
    • Mojave Dusk leather seats with matched accent stitching
  • ST
    • Black Onyx instrument panel, door panels and console with red accent stitching
    • Black Onyx ActiveX seats with Miko suede inserts and red accent stitching
  • ST-Line
    • Black Onyx instrument panel, door panels and console with red accent stitching
    • Black Onyx ActiveX seats with cloth inserts and red accent stitching
  • Active
    • Ultra Dark Space Gray instrument panel, door panels and console with Harvest Bronze accent stitching
    • Dark Gray soft-touch seats with Black Onyx inserts and Harvest Bronze accent stitching

Add Color to Your Adventures:

Included in Platinum and ST models, and optional for ST-Line, Explorer drivers can select from seven ambient lighting choices: Ice Blue, Orange, Soft Blue, Red, Green, Blue, and Purple.

Enhance Your Driving Experience:

The Explorer takes the lead as the first Ford vehicle to feature the innovative Ford Digital Experience. This system enables customers to seamlessly integrate their digital life while in the car, fostering greater connectivity and personalization through profiles, content, and apps. Whether on the move or parked, this feature aims to make time behind the wheel more enjoyable.

The user-friendly 13.2-inch touchscreen displays offer easy control, and integration with Google Maps allows navigation screens on both the touchscreen and the 12.3-inch digital cluster.

Prioritizing voice commands, the default voice assistant is Google Assistant, with Alexa Built-In available as an alternative. These voice assistants handle various in-vehicle controls, such as setting the temperature, searching for information, finding and setting destinations, and requesting specific broadcasts or satellite radio stations. They can also assist with making calls, sending texts, scheduling meetings, and controlling connected home devices.

For entertainment, customers can stream music, audiobooks, and podcasts using apps downloaded from Google Play, including popular platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, and iHeartRadio. Embedded SiriusXM with 360L ensures a personalized listening experience, always available in the vehicle, whether or not a smartphone is connected.

While parked, Explorer customers can:

  • Watch videos and stream their favorite movies and TV shows with apps such as YouTube, Prime Video and more to stay entertained while out and about on daily journeys.
  • Surf the web using the available Vivaldi Browser app – as well as Google Chrome coming soon – including with a Bluetooth-connected keyboard to make typing easier.
  • Play games on the touchscreen by selecting from a growing list of games available on Google Play, including a Ford-exclusive version of racing game Asphalt Nitro 2; users can connect a Bluetooth-enabled gaming controller for a more immersive experience

The Ford Digital Experience platform is crafted to facilitate the integration of additional apps and services in the future, contributing to the continuous improvement of the vehicle through over-the-air software updates – a feature now accessible to Explorer owners for the first time. Moreover, the incorporation of 5G wireless technology delivers exceptionally fast connectivity. With a Ford Premium Connectivity plan, users can enjoy an optimal in-vehicle experience. Additionally, customers have the flexibility to activate a Wi-Fi hotspot, granting internet access to up to 10 mobile devices.

Hands-Free Driving on the Highway

Certain trims of the updated Explorer come equipped with Ford BlueCruise hardware, offering hands-free highway driving to enhance the ease and enjoyment of long road trips or navigating through stop-and-go traffic. This system includes features like Lane Change Assist, allowing drivers to change lanes hands-free with a simple tap of the turn signal when the path is clear. Additionally, In-Lane Repositioning subtly adjusts the vehicle away from neighbouring lanes to create more space. With BlueCruise managing braking, accelerating, and steering, it helps alleviate some of the stress of driving, allowing you to reach your destination feeling more energized and refreshed.

For new Explorer customers with BlueCruise-enabled vehicles, there’s the option to activate a Connected Services plan at the time of purchase for one year, or they can experience hands-free highway driving with a complimentary 90-day trial. After the trial period, customers can choose to activate the plan annually or monthly, depending on their preferences and needs.

Loaded with Standard Equipment:

  • 10-way power, heated driver’s seat
  • 4-way power, heated front passenger seat
  • Ford Digital Experience infotainment system
  • 13.2-inch LCD touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch color LCD digital cluster
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless compatibility
  • Alexa Built-in
  • 8 USB ports – including two for third-row passengers
  • Three 12-volt powerpoints
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+
  • FordPass Connect embedded modem
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package


  • Rear-wheel drive (4WD available)
  • Recalibrated 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Power liftgate
  • LED headlamps

Fresh Look for Exploration

In 2025, the new Ford Explorer presents a more striking appearance and stance, offering options for Explorer owners to add a personal touch to their ride. The front ends are uniquely styled, featuring a larger grille, sleek all-LED headlamps, a front skid plate, and wider air curtains that contribute to lowering the vehicle’s visual center of gravity.

To further enhance the aesthetics, Platinum, ST, and ST-Line models now have the option of a new black-painted roof. The updated liftgate maintains its premium appearance, with LED taillamps extending from the vehicle’s corners onto a horizontal nameplate appliqué that spans across the liftgate.

Explore in Style

Explorer customers can tailor the SUV that’s right for them with a handful of available custom packages:

  • Platinum Lux Leather Package
    • Adds Platinum badging on front-row seats, Premium Sanctuary Leather seating surfaces with Tri-Diamond Micro-Perforated inserts and accent stitching, piping and quilting on seats and quilting and accent stitching on door panels
    • Available in Mojave Dusk or Salt Crystal Gray interior environments
  • Platinum Ultimate Package
    • Includes all Platinum Lux Leather Package content, plus a 400-horsepower 3.0- liter EcoBoost V6 engine and 21-inch Dark Alloy polished aluminum wheels ST-Line
  • Premium Package
    • Adds features such as power-folding side mirrors, heated second-row seats, PowerFold third-row seats, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers and wireless charging pad
  • ST-Line Street Pack
    • Adds 21-inch Magnetite-painted aluminum wheels, performance brakes and red-painted performance front and rear brake calipers 
  • Active Comfort Package
    • Adds features such as heated steering wheel, LED fog lamps and signature  lightning and ActiveX seating material
    • Light Space Gray vinyl instrument panel, door panels and console with Harvest  Bronze accent stitching available

Each model in the 2025 Explorer lineup features a unique grille:

  • Platinum: Unique wing design, satin chrome and Ebony grille
  • ST: Honeycomb gloss black grille with black mesh insert and ST badging
  • ST-Line: Honeycomb gloss black grille with black mesh insert
  • Active: Saw-tooth design, black mesh grille with chrome bars

The new Explorer features seven wheel options, including:

  • 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum – standard on Active
  • 20-inch Carbonized Gray-painted aluminum – available on Active
  • 20-inch Ebony machined, painted aluminum – standard on ST-Line
  • 21-inch Magnetite-painted aluminum – standard on ST, available on ST-Line
  • 20-inch Luster Nickel-painted aluminum – standard on Platinum, available on Active
  • 20-inch polished aluminum – available on Platinum
  • 21-inch dark alloy polished aluminum – available on Platinum

ST Back for More Thrills

Engineered by Ford Performance, the special edition Explorer ST continues as the most powerful and fun-to-drive Explorer ever with new options. Powered by a specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 400 horsepower10 and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, Explorer ST comes standard as a rear-wheel-drive performance SUV. Four-wheel drive is available.

Every Explorer ST and ST-Line customer is eligible to attend the complimentary Ford Performance Racing School’s ST Driving Experience, where they will learn how to get the most out of their Explorer ST. Customers can select the location of their choice – Park City, Utah or Asheville, North Carolina.

There’s also an available Explorer ST-Line special edition for customers who prefer standout ST styling without the need for Ford Performance driving dynamics.

New for this year is Vapor Blue Metallic paint, available on ST, as well as ST-Line and Active models. Other new options for Explorer ST customers include a black-painted roof and new 21-inch Magnetite-painted aluminum wheels.


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