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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2014
  • Spy shots of Ford's updated 2016 Explorer revealed
  • Photos show updated exterior with new headlights and taillights
  • 2016 Explorer also likely to offer 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder

New spy shots show that a revised version of Ford's midsize Explorer SUV is currently being tested and likely to debut at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. While it doesn't look much different from today's model, the 2016 Ford Explorer is expected to offer a few key updates under its skin.

On the outside, the updated Explorer is expected to show off a new front and rear end. A new front end means a new grille, new headlights and a new bumper with a different look than the front end of last year's model. The Explorer will also likely offer new taillights in back along with an updated rear fascia.

Bigger changes, however, are expected under the hood. The 2016 Explorer will likely upgrade to an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder -- the same engine that recently joined the lineup in the newly redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang. While Ford hasn't confirmed that the Explorer will indeed offer the 2.3-liter powerplant, the engine would likely be a welcome addition to the SUV. It boasts a muscular 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque in the Mustang.

Beyond its front and rear revisions and its new 4-cylinder engine, the 2016 Explorer probably won't offer too many changes -- though we'd expect to see a revised interior, too. Look for all the updates to go live next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where we expect the 2016 Ford Explorer will finally be unveiled.

What it means to you: The latest Explorer is expected to be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, sporting a midlife facelift rather than a full redesign.

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