In recent weeks, we’ve published quite a few spy photos and information regarding the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline, a new model in the Ford Explorer lineup that features a host of upgrades designed to make it a more competent off-road vehicle. Now, it appears that The Blue Oval might also be working on adding a Timberline version of the Ford Expedition lineup as well, as these spy photos of what we believe to be a 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline prototype seem to indicate.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline prototype is wearing the same wheel design as the Explorer Timberline, which is the biggest clue as to what’s going on beneath the camouflaged surface. The prototype also has an increased ride height compared to the other 2022 Expedition prototypes we’ve seen thus far, as well as the current-gen FX4, and is packing a large skid plate up front.
The Expedition’s Timberline wheels are wrapped with raised white-letter 265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler Terrain AT/S tires, which appear to be more rugged than the Michelin All-Terrain tires offered on the current Expedition FX4.
The front and rear bumpers, like those on the Explorer Timberline, feature a revised design that improves approach and departure angles, while dual exhaust tips exit from the right side of the rear bumper.
Both the front and rear fascias of the prototype are covered in camo, as we’ve seen on prior prototypes. This camo is covering up revised styling at both ends, including a new taillight design. We can also catch a glimpse of the 2022 Expedition’s large, vertically-oriented infotainment screen, which appears to be lifted directly from the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, as we exclusively reported recently, the Expedition will not share this screen with the 2022 Lincoln Navigator – which shares the Ford T3 Platform with the Expedition.
The 2022 Ford Expedition is expected to be powered by Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, which currently makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine is expected to be Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6, which debuted in the 2021 Ford F-150. In that application, the electrified twin-turbo six makes a class-leading 430 horsepower and a 570 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid drivetrain is also capable of operating in pure electric mode “at low speeds,” according to Ford officials. In both cases, Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission will do shifting duty.