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2022 Ford Explorer To Gain Optional Auto Start/Stop Removal

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.

We’ll have more on the 2022 Explorer soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. commbubba19

    and there it is folks, the shining beacon of light in all this darkness. the ability to choose not to have the stupid auto/stop start enabled from the factory. happy days!!!

  2. Stalkbroker94

    People act like the feature is difficult to use or somehow exceedingly inconvenient. It’s a single button you press when you start your vehicle. That’s literally all you have to do, and God knows half of you press more buttons on your cell phones while you’re driving than that.

    1. Luis Sorto

      Wrong. So wrong, they are talking about the auto start & stop feature. Which is while you’re driving and you come to a complete stop the vehicle will Auto stop/ shut off the engine, and turn back on when you touch the gas pedal when you resume driving. Its meant to save you gas, but it can get annoying.

      1. Explorer ST

        It is a simple push of the bottom when I turn the vehicle on, at least in my Explorer it is. Feature is annoying but very easy to turn off/on. Don’t understand why people make it seem like it’s the end of the world when it comes to this feature.

      2. Stalkbroker94

        No, I’m quite right. A single press of the button that disables this feature is all it takes. Please work on your reading comprehension and product knowledge, Luis.

  3. David Dickinson

    While I love my Expedition, I HATE this feature with a passion. If I take my vehicle to the dealer, they can have whatever chip they need if they will remove it. What I didn’t know when buying the vehicle is that the vehicle always defaults to the auto stop/start being “on” every time you start the vehicle. I have to turn it off every time. It is a point of irritation and a key reason I was looking at the Bronco with a manual transmission (manuals don’t have the feature) for my next vehicle. So, it is good to hear that “ding dong the witch is dead!”

    1. Stalkbroker94

      How is it irritating to press a button? It’s literally the simplest thing you can do. In fact, you probably have push button start. God, if that’s the hardest part of your life, feel free to trade me.

      1. David Dickinson

        Pushing it once would not be a problem. Having to press it every time you start the vehicle is irritating. Why not design it so the driver sets the default? Oh, I know, because some environmentalist calculated that if they inconvenience millions of drivers on millions of starts, they can save 4 barrels of oil of day and save the planet one auto stop/start at a time.

  4. Tim Papirnik

    Maybe they should offer the delete option on the bronco, might get more to the long list of customers waiting for theirs.

  5. Tom

    I already shut this off in my 2018 F150 using Forscan. I also activated my power fold mirrors.


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