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It’s good to be the king; Ford Explorer adds King Ranch edition

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Explorer King Ranch

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition introduces a rugged, premium appearance. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

Looking to creating a top, top tier trim to the Explorer, Ford Motor Co. adds the ultra-lux King Ranch trim to the popular SUV’s lineup for 2021.

Previously only available on the F-150, this trim will be both premium and rugged with real wood accents and Mesa Del Rio leather. This new trim celebrates a 20-year collaboration with the south Texas cattle ranch.

“In 1853, Captain Richard King bootstrapped the King Ranch in the harsh landscape of southern Texas until it became a shining example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Ford Explorer families can now enjoy a piece of the King Ranch’s renowned craftsmanship and the multigeneration legacy that still thrives 168 years after its founding.”

So, all those high-end details you’re used to seeing on the F-150 King Ranch will make their way into the midsize SUV. Specifically, features you’ll find will include:

  • Leather wrapped and stitched instrument panel
  • Available premium technology package with multi-contour seats, a 10.1-inch touch screen and a 14-speaker B&O sound system
  • A unique Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels with Running W center cap
  • Quad chrome exhaust tips
  • King Ranch badging everywhere

2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition interior. (Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.)

In terms of safety, the King Ranch trim will have Ford’s up-level Co-Pilot360 Assist+ as standard fare.

The bottom line on the Explorer King Ranch

Ford is really good at listening to its customers, and they wanted a more refined interior for Explorer. This King Ranch trim will certainly do that. But don’t take our word for it. Check out the photo gallery below, and let us know what you think.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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