KAMLOOPS, BC – Driving the Trans-Canada Highway from British Columbia into Alberta, Canada, is an explosion of visual majesty.
This month, Canada’s Highway No.1 ushers co-driver Rick Cotta and me toward the Rocky Mountains on a two-day 386 mile odyssey over the Continental Divide to Calgary, Alberta, delivered in style by the new Platinum edition 2016 Ford Explorer.
The current Explorer is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant where it enters its sixth-generation as America’s top-selling Sport Utility Vehicle for 25 years running.
Explorer Platinum combines Explorer Sport performance with interior refinement of the Explorer Limited series.
Both Explorer Sport and Platinum editions come equipped with a standard 3.5-liter twin-turbo Eco-Boost V6 engine that builds 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
In effortless fashion, Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine launches Ford Explorer Platinum over mountain elevations with the muscle of a V-8 power plant.
The snow-capped Rockies are Canada’s calling cards to winter’s pending arrival.
Road signs along Highway No.1 warn of avalanche threats punctuated by frequent overhead snow sheds that cover sections of roadway in the most dangerous areas.
The 2016 Explorer Platinum is built for adventure with standard four-wheel-drive (4WD) and Terrain Management System (TMS) that seamlessly assesses road surface conditions for precise handling and traction.
Platinum’s intelligent 4WD continuously monitors wheel speed, throttle position and steering angle to determine vehicle conditions and driver intent.
The system also determines the optimal amount of front and rear torque for given conditions to quickly transfer tire grip as needed for sure-footed traction.
Switch gear on Platinum’s center console allows a driver to manually select Normal, Snow, Sand or Mud modes, teaming the engine, transmission, brakes and 4WD system into shift-on-the-fly operation.
A gauge display shows power being distributed to all wheels under all conditions with a fifth setting that helps navigate steep terrain.
The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum arrives at area dealers this month.
In next Sunday's Times: Times Autos Correspondent Jim Jackson exposes the consumer side of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum edition.