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2022 FORD EXPLORER KING RANCH SADDLES UP

The New Explorer Trim Level Will Be Available This Spring

2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch Premium SUV
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After a brief teaser leading up to today, the 2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch makes its full debut, and is right in with expectations. The premium three-row SUV trim level adds touches of Texas southern chic found in other King Ranch variants, and a proper dose of technology to go with it.

The 2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch edition will start at $52,350 MSRP for rear-wheel-drive configuration and $54,350 MSRP for four-wheel drive. That base price is actually within just a few hundred dollars of the 400 hp Explorer ST, which comes with standard all-wheel-drive. The Explorer Platinum continues to top the lineup with an MSRP of $54,480.

The Ford Explorer King Ranch will be available in dealerships this spring.

The interior of the 2022 Explorer King Ranch is what truly sets this trim level apart from the rest of the family. Customers will immediately notice the mahogany-colored Mesa Del Rio leather seats with perforated front and second rows with the legendary King Ranch Running W logo. Matching the seats is the center console, complete with the signature King Ranch logo insert.

Adding the finishing touches on the 2022 Ford Explorer King ranch is an optional Premium Technology Package. With it comes multi-contour seats with active motion massaging functionality, a 10.1-inch center stack portrait touch screen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability as well as a 14-speaker B&O Sound System calibrated to the acoustics of the Explorer’s cabin.

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Adding to the technology end of things, the 2022 Explorer King Ranch comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, a voice-activated touch screen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link and Speed Sign Recognition.

The first-ever Ford Explorer King Ranch comes standard with a 3.0L EcoBoost V6, with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package enables towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.

The introduction of Explorer King Ranch marks 20 years of Ford’s relationship with the iconic Texas cattle ranch, beginning with the 2001 F-150 King Ranch, when Ford and King Ranch teamed up to build a more upscale western-themed truck. At 825,000 acres, King Ranch is the largest ranch in America, even larger than the entirety of Rhode Island.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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