A thinly camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Ford Explorer facelift has been spied conducting last-minute testing.

A thinly camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Ford Explorer facelift has been spied conducting last-minute testing.

Ford's Explorer is getting a mid-cycle nip & tuck which as you can see will be quite modest as the 2016 model year will bring a slightly altered front fascia with a more streamlined appearance and a smaller grille. The headlights appear to be slimmer while the round fog lights have been replaced with C-shaped units and at the back there are lightly tweaked taillights and tailgate.

Photos of the interior cabin are not available at this point but chances are Ford has decided to ditch the capacitive controls in favor of traditional buttons and knobs combined with a larger touchscreen display as part of the SYNC 2 system.

The Ford Explorer is currently being sold with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost but the 2016 model year will probably swap the 2.0-liter for the new 2.3-liter.

The facelifted Ford Explorer will most likely premiere in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Towards the end of the decade, an all-new model will be introduced and could possibly get an aluminum body.

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