The segment of mid-size SUVs is getting red hot these days and as one of the class leaders, Ford wants to retain the position. Therefore, the Explorer came with a new version in the offer, with a version designed for the fast-growing niche of off-road-oriented SUVs. The new model is coming as the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline and it brings a lot of interesting upgrades, whether it’s about mechanics or aesthetics.
What you can expect from this SUV is a number of interesting off-road upgrades. There is a new suspension, new tires and several more off-road goodies. Of course, there are also few aesthetical upgrades that accentuate the model’s off-road character. A few interior upgrades have been introduced as well. On the other hand, the powertrain remains the same, equipped with a familiar turbo-four engine.
When it comes to the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline release date, we expect that the new version will arrive in the following weeks.
2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Features
Design-wise, the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline is heavily based on the standard version. The overall design is the same, whether it’s about mechanics or aesthetics. The current generation of Explorer has been around for a few years and we particularly like the fact that it rides on the CD6 platform, which offers a rear-wheel-drive layout. However, this particular version features all-wheel-drive as a part of standard features. Furthermore, it also comes equipped with Torsen limited-slip differential, which improves traction significantly.
Speaking of the traction, the Explorer Timberline also comes with a Terrain Management system with seven modes. A hill descent control is also on the list of features, while a few skid plates can be found as well, for better underbody protection.
Naturally, the suspension setup has been upgraded as well. This version comes with heavy-duty shock absorbers and a 0.8-inch suspension lift. Furthermore, you may also count on 265/65 Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires.
As you would expect, the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline comes with several styling upgrades that accentuate the model’s off-road character. First of all, you will notice the Forged green finish, which looks great in a combination with uniquely designed 18-inch wheels. Furthermore, there is a lot of black plastic around the vehicle, including blackout trim around lights, badges etc. Finally, there is a new grille with integrated LED fog lights, which makes this SUV easily recognizable.
Red tow hooks are also part of the standard equipment. Also, both bumpers have been reshaped, which makes them look better, and also provides better approach and departure angles.
Interior upgrades aren’t that significant. Practically, all you can find are things like a few Timberline logos and red contrast stitching. Other than that, the cabin looks pretty much the same as the one found in the standard model. That means a relatively cheap-looking cabin, but a cabin that offers plenty of space and a high level of practicality.
With more than 119 inches in wheelbase, it’s obvious that there is plenty of legroom. Interestingly, the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline comes standard with 6 seats. All three rows offer a sufficient amount of space and even the third one can be quite useful. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 18.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row. 47.9 cubic feet behind the second, and 87.8 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s above average for the segment.
2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Engine
We’ve already mentioned that the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline comes standard with all-wheel drive, limited-slip differential and other off-road features. However, things under the hood are pretty much the same as in standard models. This model comes with a familiar 2.3-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty fine job too.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Release Date and Price
We expect that the new model will hit the market in the next few weeks. When it comes to the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline price, it should start at around 46.000 dollars.