Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has confirmed that its 2016 Explorer will be introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show taking place next month. We’re not talking an all-new version of the popular SUV but an updated version of the model that’s been on sale since the 2011 model year.

We know that the vehicle will be featuring a new look thanks to the recent sighting of a prototype. There won’t be any major sheet metal changes but we can expect new bumpers and tweaks to the lights.

Ford says that its 2016 Explorer will also benefit from “added capability” and some “additional driver-assist technology.”

Though it’s yet to be confirmed, we’re also expecting some changes in the powertrain lineup. The current Explorer offers a base 2.0-liter EcoBoost, a mid-range 3.5-liter and range-topping 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Some of these may be changed, with the most likely scenario seeing the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost replaced with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in other Ford products such as the 2015 Mustang and 2015 Lincoln MKC.

We’ll have all the details soon as the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show gets underway November 18. To see what else will be at the show, head to our dedicated hub.


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