Ford's popular XLT Sport Appearance is returning this summer.
The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer hasn't had the smoothest launch, to say the least. Production problems led to disappointing sales, which were down 14.6 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the previous year. Despite these setbacks, the high-performance Ford Explorer ST is proving popular with enthusiasts. According to Ford, the Explorer ST accounts for 21 percent of overall Explorer sales, with nearly 28 percent of non-Ford trade-ins coming from luxury brands.
"Ford ST stands for performance for enthusiasts, and Explorer ST is no exception," said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. "We believe once drivers feel the power and refinement of our first-ever Explorer ST, performance bred from racetracks around the world, demand will only grow stronger."
Ford has also announced the popular XLT Sport Appearance Package is returning this summer for the 2021 Explorer with new premium exterior enhancements including unique Carbonized Gray-painted 20-inch wheels with matching grille, skid plates, and hood lettering, along with dual chrome exhaust tips.
Inside, the XLT Sport Appearance Package adds unique ActiveX Light Slate two-tone seats with accent stitching that matches the center console lid and door trim panels. The return of the XLT Sport Appearance Package should be a popular option, as it previously accounted for one of every four Explorer XLT models sold.
"Our Sport Appearance Package offers a new styling dimension for Explorer XLT customers," said Patterson. "It has always been a favorite among our younger customers looking for a more energetic design and feel at a great value."
Pricing for the XLT Sport Appearance package hasn't been announced yet and Ford hasn't confirmed when it will be revealed. No photos of the appearance package have been released either, but hopefully it won't be long until we get to see it - the 2020 Chicago Auto Show is just around the corner. Without the appearance package, the Ford Explorer ST, which is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, starts at $54,740.