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At the LA Auto Show this week Ford revealed the freshened up 2016 Explorer and let the automotive world know it is getting more than just a fresh face! Big news under the hood as the Explorer gets a transplant from the 2015 Mustang in the form of a new 2.3L EcoBoost 4 cylinder power plant that develops 270 ponies while providing a super strong 300 lb-ft of torque! Both the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 and the class leading, twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost engines round out the available options. Inside and out the 2016 Explorer gets a host of new technologies! The available front 180-degree camera helps you see around corners, down alleys and out of parking spots. Second-row passengers with power hungry devices will find USB ports that will charge a phone or tablet at up to twice the speed of previous USB ports on higher model Explorers to make sure the entertainment never stops and there is a full charge once the destination is reached as well! Out back is an industry first rear view camera spray washer to keep your rear view always clear and the available hands free lift gate will make loading a breeze even when your hands are full. New to the Explorer line is the Platinum model that sets a new standard of luxury with sharp satin chrome accents throughout the body, from the unique Platinum grille to the rear liftgate, genuine wood accents throughout the interior, a standard dual-panel moonroof up top and gorgeous new 20-inch bright-faced wheels with dark painted pockets below. The standard, powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 enables towing up to 5,000 pounds and the passing power to ensure a confident and sporty driving experience! Inside the Platinum edition is a new 500-watt Sony sound system sure to blow away even the staunchest audiophile and Nivana leather seating that will have drivers and passengers alike wanting to lock the doors and never leave! New sculpted exterior lines enhance the bold new look and more efficient LED lighting increases visibility while providing a striking new signature look. The 2016 Ford Explorer will be available for sale in Riverside early summer 2015 and pricing will be announced sometime in the Spring, stay tuned here as always for the latest information!