As Ford Authority reported back in August, FoMoCo recently gave 2021 Ford F-150 buyers the option to remove the auto start-stop feature from their pickups through the end of the year, and those that choose to do so will get a $50 credit and perhaps take delivery a little sooner, due to supply constraints. Now, sources familiar with the 2022 Ford Explorer launch are telling Ford Authority that auto stop-start will become an option on the 2022 Explorer as well.
The auto stop-start feature will be an option on Base, XLT, Timberline, and Limited trims for 2022. Shoppers eyeing Limited Hybrid, King Ranch, Platinum, Platinum Hybrid, and ST models will not get this choice, because the change applies only to models equipped with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4. This change will be reflected in Explorer production beginning in late September.
As is the case with the 2021 F-150, those that choose to opt-out of auto stop-start will receive a $50 credit for their troubles. However, 2022 Explorer buyers that want to keep it will also be waiting a bit longer to take delivery of their vehicles, due to current supply chain issues directly related to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.
Ford is requiring all dealer stock orders to include the auto stop-start removal option, but retail/customer orders and fleet orders can still opt out of the removal if desired. It’s worth noting that deleting auto stop-start may potentially affect fuel economy in a negative way, but it’s currently unclear how much of a penalty will apply.
In addition to this update, the 2022 Explorer is due for a few additional changes throughout the lineup. As Ford Authority reported back in August, the Explorer ST will now come with rear-wheel drive as its standard configuration, while all-wheel drive will be available as an option. Additionally, the new 2022 Explorer ST-Line features the looks of the regular ST without the added horsepower and torque.
2022 Explorer King Ranch and Platinum trims get the same 400 horsepower tune as the ST, while Ford has added two new exterior colors – Stone Blue and Burgundy Velvet – as well as the choice of a second-row bench seat or captain’s chairs at no additional cost, a second-row bench seat option on Timberline models, new seat trim for XLT Sport Appearance Package with Ebony seat bolsters and Light Slate inserts, and a standard Technology Package for King Ranch and Platinum trims that includes multi-contour seats, a 10.1-inch touch screen, and a 14-speaker B&O sound system.