The Blue Oval is still navigating through various supply chain related production issues, mostly involving the ongoing microchip shortage, which has taken a sizable bite out of Ford production of late. As Ford Authority previously explained, CEO Jim Farley believes the chip deficit will remain an issue through 2023, although other sources suggest an easing of the crisis in the second half of this year. The severity of the shortage is so great that the automaker is currently removing some features from vehicles with plans in place to install them once chip supplies allow them to do so. Unfortunately, the 2022 Ford Expedition, like the 2022 Ford Explorer, is one of the vehicles currently impacted by these changes, as the Multicontour seats are now a limited availability option.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the 2022 Ford Expedition Platinum – which normally comes standard with front Multicontour seats – can be scheduled for production if the special thrones are ordered without them. In fact, the company recently introduced a Multicounter delete option into the lineup. Option code 88R will simply replace the seats with the standard leather-trimmed units featured in other models. That means prospective Platinum owners will miss out on the “Active Motion” lumbar and massage functionality of the seats, although at this juncture owners will still have heated and ventilated capability. It is unclear at the moment if owners will be able to get Multicontour seating at a later date.
This latest production alteration is just the latest setback for the refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition. As Ford Authority previously explained, the updated model first rolled out of the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in January, although that particular facility has been idled several times this year due to the microchip shortage. Additionally, Ford recently incorporated an auto start/stop removal option into the Expedition lineup as another way to alleviate microchip demand throughout the company’s vehicle roster.