The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline debuted earlier this year as an off-road oriented SUV designed specifically for those who wish to take their vehicles further off the beaten path. As Ford Authority previously reported, the trim was one of several additions The Blue Oval made to the lineup, which included the first-ever Explorer King Ranch. While that model is geared more focused on luxury, the Timberline is a rugged, outdoors themed variant, which is presumably why the company opted to feature Forged Green-painted examples in its promotional materials. However, buyers have four other colors to choose from, which we are listing below.
Aside from the five available colors, a number of key features set the Timberline apart from the rest of the 2021 Ford Explorer family in order to tackle the rough trails. For one, a set of trim-exclusive 18-inch high-gloss black aluminum wheels are mounted to Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R tires. Ford says the tires offer good grip on the dirt, yet also deliver a quiet ride along the highway. A set of off-road shocks and struts handle what the wheel/tire combo picks up along the way, while the seven-mode Terrain Management System and a 3.58 Torsen limited-slip diff give the Explorer Timberline enhanced traction on dirt roads and difficult trails.
Up front, a pair of Red Ember-colored tow hooks are there to help the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline to pull itself out of any jams it may find itself in away from civilization. Skid plates protect the belly of the beast while it traverses over rough terrain, and the Timberline’s special grille can be outfitted with Ford Performance aux lights capable of 160,000 candelas to light the way through the dark of night. The Explorer Timberline moves through it all with a Ford 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 linked to a 10-speed automatic.
The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline brings a lot to the table on the heels of the 2022 Ford Explorer’s arrival. In fact, one of the big changes for 2022 involves the Timberline, as well as the ST: they will be the only two trims to offer paddle shifters; the flappy paddles are standard for the 2021 Timberline, too. Consumers can opt to delete auto stop-start from the Timberline, as well the Base, XLT, and Limited trims (all equipped with the aforementioned 2.3L EcoBoost motor) of the 2022 Explorer, receiving a $50 credit for ticking off the box. Finally, the second-row center console will no longer be available for 2022, taking away a bit of storage and utility. As Ford Authority recently reported, the 2021 Explorer Timberline is now available at dealers nationwide.