The 2022 Ford Explorer was revealed back in August with a few notable changes. That includes the fact that the Explorer ST will be offered with standard rear-wheel drive, which Ford Authority was the first to report. However, these changes also correspond with a modest price increase for most 2022 Ford Explorer trim levels as well.
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Price increases for the 2022 Explorer range from as little as $240 for Limited trim all the way up to $1,010 for the King Ranch. The Explorer ST gets a $1,755 reduction in starting MSRP, but this is because all-wheel drive is now a $2,000 option on the high-performance model. These prices do not reflect destination and delivery charges, which came in at $1,245 for the 2021 model year but have risen to $1,295 for the 2022 model year – a common trend among Ford vehicles in recent years.
In addition to these price increases, the 2022 Explorer will undergo a few other changes for the coming model year, as Ford Authority has outlined over the last few months. This includes auto stop-start becoming an option on Base, XLT, Timberline, and Limited trims for 2022, while paddle shifters will be limited to the Timberline and ST exclusively. As Ford Authority reported last month, the second-row center floor console has been dropped for all trims.
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, while Ford is also upgrading the 2022 Explorer King Ranch and Platinum trims by giving both the same 400 horsepower tune as the ST.
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.