The last time we saw a prototype of the 2022 Ford Expedition was in November, and it was the longer Max version of the full-size SUV. Now, we’ve spied what we believe to be the upcoming Expedition hybrid in regular-length guise.
This 2022 Ford Expedition hybrid is also wearing camouflage on both the front and rear fascias, which conceals a refreshed design at both ends.
Once again, this Expedition’s taillights are mostly uncovered, however, which reveals a new design that’s both slimmer and sleeker than the current model, with black lines that intersect the taillight. Otherwise, it’s difficult to discern any styling updates on this prototype, given its concealing covers at both ends, though it is notably wearing large, possibly 20-inch black wheels bearing what appears to be a new design.
The single-exit exhaust on this prototype has an EPA emissions device installed on it, suggesting that Ford is testing emissions of the upcoming hybrid powertrain, expected to be a version of the 3.5L PowerBoost V6 that debuted in the 2021 Ford F-150, where it makes a class-leading 430 horsepower and a 570 pound-feet of torque.
Our spies heard the Expedition drive off in pure electric mode, which the PowerBoost engine is capable of doing in the F-150 “at low speeds”, according to Ford officials.
As we saw in a previous prototype, the 2022 Ford Expedition will also come with a huge new vertically-oriented infotainment screen that dominates the center stack. The new screen appears to be lifted directly from the Ford Mustang Mach-E, vastly upgrading the infotainment display over the current Expedition. In the Mach-E, the screen measures in at 15.5 inches.
This large screen is also a big counter to the interiors unveiled for the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the GMC Yukon, which all come with a standard 10-inch infotainment screen. By comparison, the 2020 Expedition is equipped with a standard 8-inch screen.
However, it’s worth noting that as Ford Authority exclusively reported last week, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator – which shares the Ford T3 Platform with the Expedition – will not be getting the same touchscreen. Instead, the refreshed Navigator will utilize a horizontally-mounted screen that is larger in size by several inches than the one used in the current model.