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Ford shows Explorer two ways in Chicago

Look for a duo of Ford Explorers to debut in Chicago this week, one focused on outward appearance, and the other on increased accessibility. Both new versions of the Explorer build on the refreshed 2016 model, which is actually built near Chicago.

First, the Explorer XLT gets a Sport Appearance Package, pictured above. It's basically an Explorer Sport without the twin-turbo V6. Instead, the XLT model with its naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 gets 20-inch wheels, a new grille, mirror caps, and a rear applique all done in Magnetic Gray. There's also a black roof rack, side cladding, and Explorer badge, with dark leather inside. The big win is the addition of Sync 3 for the 2017 Explorer. We hated the outdated MyFord Touch system in our review of the 2016 Explorer Sport, so we're really happy about this upgrade.

The second Explorer on display is a collaboration between Ford and BraunAbility for a wheelchair-accessible version of the popular crossover. It's available with base, XLT, or Limited versions of the Explorer, all powered by the aforementioned 3.5-liter V6. A sliding door moves to reveal a lighted ramp, and inside, the driver and passenger seats can be removed. An integrated key fob controls everything electronically, and Ford even offers a tow package on the BraunAbility MXV.

See both Explorers in the galleries and videos, above and below. We'll have live coverage from Chicago later this week.

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