The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline was revealed back in May as an enhanced, off-road-focused version of the popular crossover. It was to be the first of several new Timberline models to come, including the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline, which Ford Authority has reported on extensively over the last several months. Now, following the reveal of the refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition, we’re also getting our first official look at the Ford Expedition Timberline, too.
FoMoCo calls the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline the most capable version of its full-size SUV to date, one that boasts unique styling elements, an enhanced powertrain, and features that give it more off-road capability than ever before.
“Timberline sets a new standard with full-size SUV customers who need more passenger space, great off-road capability, and a basecamp for life’s journeys,” said Mike Kipley, Ford Expedition chief engineer.
On the outside, the Expedition Timberline stands out from the rest of the Expedition lineup thanks to Active Orange accents and a unique front grille, Timberline-exclusive wheels, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler A/T tires, a wider track, and 10.6 inches of ground clearance – which is the best in its class and 0.6 inches higher than the Jeep Wagoneer. The Expedition Timberline’s approach and departure angles have also been improved to further enhance off-road capability.
The Expedition Timberline is powered by Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 H.O., which in this guise produces a robust 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, giving the SUV a better power-to-weight ratio than the Wagoneer. Backed up by Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, the twin-turbo V6 sends that power to all four wheels via a two-speed transfer case, and all of these bits are protected by underbody shielding borrowed from the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The Timberline also gets the same Trail Turn Assist feature present in the 2021 Ford Bronco, which enables it to tighten the vehicle’s turning radius when the driver encounters hairpin turns out on the trail.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline will be produced at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant – like all other Expedition models – and is expected to launch in early 2022.