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Ford Explorer goes tech mad for 2018

Published: 12 April 2017 Updated: 12 April 2017

► 2018 Ford Explorer revealed
► More tech and personalisation options
► New SUV shown at NYIAS 2017

Ford is concentrating its 2017 New York motor show activity on its SUV models and it has just announced a refresh for its perennial US-market Explorer SUV. That refresh includes a huge wave of new tech, equipment and connectivity options.

Among the tech additions is an optional 4G hotspot that can accomodate up to 10 devices online at once up to 50 feet away; so long as it has a cellular signal, your passengers and your sprogs can tap, swipe, watch and play all day.

The SYNC Connect system also means that Explorer owners can use the FordPass app to lock, unlock and find their SUV via their smartphone and even find out diagnostic info, too.

Ford Explorer 2018 infotainment

The new ‘Safe and Smart’ package adds a load of extra safety kit. The optional pack includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, automatic high beam assist, rain-sensing wipers and cross traffic alert to help drivers reverse out of parking bays safely.

New colour and wheel options are available, too, for a touch of extra personalisation.

The 2018-year Explorer will hit US dealerships in autumn. Or ‘fall’ in local speak.

We don’t get the Explorer in Europe, but we do get the Edge. One is on our long-term test fleet – what’s it like to live with?

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches