Ford is hoping to reach out to even more buyers with a Ford Explorer XLT Sport package. It will be available on 2017 models beginning this summer.
Basically, the XLT Sport package is a way for drivers to get the styling of the more expensive Sport trim model with paying quite as much. Ford says Explorer buyers are demonstrating an interest in unique models. Sales of Explorer Sport and Platinum, the two top models, account for approximately 30 percent of Explorer sales in the U.S. market.
The new XLT Sport Appearance Package features dark-accented exterior, including 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, grille, mirror caps and rear appliqué, and Ebony Black body side molding. Inside, you get Dark Earth Gray front seats with leather bolsters by Salerno and Miko suede for inserts and door panels. Here’s a list of some of the updates:
- 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels
- Magnetic Gray grille
- Magnetic Gray mirror caps
- Magnetic Gray rear appliqué
- Ebony Black body side cladding
- Black roof rack
- Explorer hood badge
- Dark Earth Gray leather for front seats, including outer bolsters by premium leather maker Salerno; Dark Earth Gray Miko suede for seat back uppers and inserts with Umber scrim, and door trim inserts; Umber contrast stitching
- Explorer logo floor mats
The 2017 Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package comes equipped with standard XLT features including a 3.5-liter V6 engine, Intelligent Access with push-button start, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, SYNC 3, and LED fog lamps.
Ford says the 2017 Escape, which launches in the coming months, will also feature a unique Sport Appearance Package on the SE and Titanium models as well. The package includes premium 19-inch Ebony Black aluminum wheels and high-gloss upper grille; black beltline molding and front fenders; partial leather sport seats with contrast stitching.