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New Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST Offers More SUV Power For Less Money

A new version of the 400-horsepower 2021 Ford Explorer ST will hit dealers soon with plenty of underhood muscle but a price point about $4,000 less than before.

The 2022 Explorer Enthusiast ST retains the twin-turbo V6 and buttoned down suspension of the sporty Explorer ST, but its $49,995 base price — including a mandatory $1,245 destination charge — is around $4,000 less. The Explorer Enthusiast ST drops the Bang & Olufsen audio system, heated rear seats, and power-folding side mirrors, among a few other features.

The Enthusiast nomenclature is apparently a nod to car fans who value power over all else, but the model is still well-outfitted with 20-inch alloy wheels and seats upholstered in leather and synthetic suede. It’s not exactly a track-ready SUV.

Additionally, Ford announced that the high-end Explorer Platinum will now be available with either rear-wheel drive or the 28-mpg hybrid powertrain, two features previously not offered on the range-topping trim level. The 2021 Explorer Platinum’s price slides by about $2,000 to $53,725 with sunny state-friendly rear-wheel drive, or $54,330 with the hybrid option.

Ford says these latest additions to the Explorer lineup will be in dealerships later this summer.

The automaker has expanded the popular Explorer’s lineup several times this year, including the western-themed King Ranch package as well as a more affordable XLT Sport Appearance package.

The Explorer lineup spans a wide range from about $33,700 for a base, rear-drive model to upward of $60,000 with every option selected. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

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