CHICAGO — The 2017 Ford Explorer SUV gets a fresh new look with the addition of the XLT Sport Appearance package. It will be offered at Ford dealerships this summer, following a debut at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
Pricing was not announced.
The cosmetic package does not add any mechanical upgrades.
It features a dark-accented exterior, including 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, grille, mirror caps and rear appliqué, along with Ebony Black body-side molding.
The cabin gets Dark Earth Gray front seats with leather bolsters and suede for inserts and door panels.
"Exterior appearance is the No. 1 consideration in SUV purchase decisions," said Omar Odeh, Explorer brand marketing manager, in a statement. "The XLT Sport Appearance package is a dramatic offering that gives customers another attractive option."
The package beefs up the standard XLT model, which is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, push-button start, 10-way power driver seat, Sync 3 and LED foglamps.
It will be available for Escape SE and Titanium models and feature several items, including 19-inch Ebony Black aluminum wheels and high-gloss upper grille.
The 2017 Escape arrives at dealerships this spring.
Edmunds says: Car shoppers will have six versions of the 2017 Explorer to choose from with the addition of this new package.