The Explorer ST is Ford's first large performance SUV.
Last year, the luxury carmaker denied it was behind the times, instead, it was saying it wasn't time for electric vehicles, and their delay in turning to all-electric models shows they are working towards better powertrain designs.
The crossover is powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission which is further enhanced by intelligent drive controls including advanced adaptive cruise control combined with various safety and driver assistance features. Available upgrades include an ST Street Pack and an ST Track Pack.More news: Samsung to Launch Its Foldable Phone This Year
The full Explorer family, which follows on the heels of the hot-selling new Expedition, goes on sale this summer.
As with Edge ST, Explorer ST offers a Sport mode that lets drivers select an even more exhilarating ride.
Ford says the hybrid is a "no-compromise" model that delivers a potent 318 hp from its 3.3-liter V6 and electric motor combination.More news: Whitworth’s line dominates as Rams power past Cowboys, 30-22
For a sportier look, Ford gave the ST a black mesh grille, blacked-out trim, ST puddle lamps, quad exhaust tips, interior accent stitching, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Despite being made to be enjoyed as the most Explorer ever, the ST remembers its roots and will come with a Class III Trailer Tow Package with Cargo Management System.
The small lithium-ion battery pack is mounted under the rear passenger seat in the second row, which means none of the Explorer's 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space is lost by opting for the most-efficient Explorer. All-wheel drive will be optional on the Explorer hybrid.
The Explorer Limited hybrid comes with leather upholstery, first- and second-row heated seats, a wireless charging pad for phones and tablets, and a 14-speaker B&O audio system.More news: Snow returns tonight through Saturday