The redesigned Ford Explorer is already selling quite well, and it looks like the three-row crossover is about to add another variant to boost the bottom line a little more. Ford posted on its Facebook page a 26-second video that teases what looks to be a high-performance version of the Explorer.

The video show only a mesh grille, a beefy exhaust and what appears to be body-color wheels. There's not much else we can share about the brawny family hauler, but we think it's safe to speculate that an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 with 350 or so horsepower lies in waiting under the hood of this Explorer Sport.

The good news about this tease is that we won't have to wait long to see the finished product. Ford tells us that the powerful CUV will be officially unveiled on the Ford Explorer Facebook page on March 28. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself, and stay tuned for more information on this hi-po 'ute as we get it.


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      Your Highness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh how I wish two doors were cut off and called it Explorer Sport. But then I'd want a Bronco, the Ranger....and my list will start going out of control. Damn you Ford and your out of production vehicles that are so cool. But honestly, this is probably to try and compete as a mild SRT8 option. I don't think the platform could handle off-road (although a Raptor style Expedition would be pretty cool). And it's always been a soft-roader, so honestly, I never could see an off-road variant, even though those were some serious fender flares.....
      PACMK02
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Explorer SHO. Yeah!!!
      Bryan Doll
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would expect them to carry on the Adrenalin nameplate they used on the previous generation Sport Trac.
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now here's something I've been looking forward to. Explorer with EcoBoost V6, yes please.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      ....and the Expedition still soldiers on with the old 5.4L. Any news on some new engines for that yet?
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        That's become a pretty unloved segment in general. The Expedition and Navigator will probably recieve a light refresh and the new EcoBoost V6 and maybe the 5.0 around November when the 2013 MY usually starts.
          Paul P.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          It's an unloved segment because all the options have become stale and outdated. Both Ford and Gm's full size SUVs are 6 years old with minimal changes. The only one that was updated, the Durango, went from 3,500 sales in '09 to 51,000 sales in 2011.
      SatinSheetMetal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The right way to tease a mainstream vehicle. One teaser followed by the full release 2 days later. Nissan take notes!
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      i found this. i remember seeing this when the Taurus SHO first came out and thought, 'thought would be sick!' if this is any indication, i'd say we're getting an Explorer SHO. which makes sense taking a closer look at the wheels that resemble those of that Taurus SHO. so that begs the question. will they expand the SHO lineup further to the Fusion? god i hope so... http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Explorer-SHO2.jpg
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've been hoping for a performance Explorer since they brought it out. It doesn't need to be the fastest thing ever but get it into the low 14's high 13's and that will be more then enough
      Jeff Ridder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please call it the SHO....Please call it the SHO....Please call it the SHO...
      George_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those pillars would look sexy in a 2-door version like the original Explorer Sport.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh boy, now the suburbanites can rush to Cosco on Saturday about 15 seconds faster than their neighbors with more plebeian crossovers. What a thrill.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Got a little excited for a second. Thought it was going to be "performance-oriented" as in off-roading. You know, what SUVs are naturally intended for. :-/ Jeep Wrangler still the king since nobody throws any real competition at it.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Niche market. Why bother? Besides you know the Explorer is unibody so why bother even wanting an off road version of that. Hell, most Wranglers don't actually go off road. Still have in addition to the Wrangler the Xterra Off Road and the FJ which are competent off road too. Doesn't make sense for every manufacturer to be making off road capable vehicles when most owners since the inception of the SUV don't actually go off road anyways. Same reason every car isn't rear or all wheel drive with 400hp and a manual.
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