For months, supply chain issues including the semiconductor chip shortage have challenged automotive production. This has resulted in some automakers removing certain features from vehicles to keep production flowing. For FoMoCo, that includes giving 2021 Ford F-150 customers the option to remove auto stop/start from their pickups through the end of the year, while that same feature will be optional on 2022 Ford Explorer models equipped with Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4. Sources familiar with the matter have explained to Ford Authority that the 2021 Ford Expedition also briefly gained the option to delete auto stop/start, but that option is now no longer available.
Back on September 22nd, FoMoCo sent out communication that all remaining unscheduled 2021 Ford Expedition orders would receive option 52L, or Stop-Start Delete. Choosing this option gave customers a $50 credit, as was the case with 2021 F-150 models. However, the automaker has now removed that option on all remaining 2021 Expedition orders, meaning that those vehicles will come equipped with auto start/stop.
Previously, customers who opted to delete auto stop/start were able to take delivery of their vehicles sooner than if that option was left intact, due to supply chain issues directly related to the ongoing chip shortage. 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 applies.
Meanwhile, the refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition, which was just revealed last month, will introduce a host of changes to the full-size SUV. These include a few exterior styling tweaks, a standard 12-inch infotainment screen or an optional 15.5-inch display, Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving feature, and the additions of a Platinum trim, an off-road-focused Expedition Timberline, and an Expedition Stealth Edition Performance Package.