In the 2021 Ford Explorer, the second-row center floor console was standard on XLT, as that trim boasts standard second-row captain’s chairs, while the feature was not present on models that come equipped with a second-row bench seat. However, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2022 Ford Explorer launch that the second-row center floor console is no longer available.
The second-row center floor console provided a space for passengers to store their drinks and other items, such as phones, tablets, and books. However, this feature will no longer be present in the 2022 Ford Explorer, taking a little bit of extra storage away from second-row passengers in the Blue Oval crossover.
This change is one of several coming for the 2022 Explorer, as Ford Authority has outlined over the last several weeks. This includes auto stop-start becoming an option on Base, XLT, Timberline, and Limited trims for 2022, while the Explorer ST will drop four-wheel-drive from its standard feature list in favor of a standard rear-wheel-drive configuration, and paddle shifters will be limited to the Timberline and ST exclusively.
Meanwhile, the Explorer ST will also be joined by the new Explorer ST-Line for 2022, which features the looks of the regular ST without the added horsepower and torque. The Explorer ST-Line looks virtually identical to the ST, with 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, dual exhaust tips, a blacked-out front grille, gloss black hood badging, and blacked-out headlamps and taillamps, and features a starting MSRP that’s $7,570 less than the Explorer ST and $2,575 cheaper than Explorer Enthusiast ST.
Ford is also upgrading the 2022 Explorer King Ranch and Platinum trims by giving both the same 400 horsepower tune as the ST, though the automaker hasn’t provided torque figures for either model. The ST’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 is rated to produce 415 pound-feet of torque. Both numbers represent healthy increases over the current models’ 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
Additional changes for the 2022 model year include new Stone Blue and Burgundy Velvet exterior colors, 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.
The 2022 Ford Explorer will continue to be assembled at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant and is currently scheduled to launch later this year.