In recent months, the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage and various other supply chain constraints have led to some creative de-contenting on the part of automakers including Ford and General Motors. Aside from offering customers the ability to delete some features and take delivery of their vehicles sooner, automakers have also been selling de-contented vehicles with fewer features and fewer chips. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2022 Ford Explorer will temporarily drop its second-row climate controls in the latest example of these efforts.
Second-row climate controls are standard equipment on the 2022 Ford Explorer, but FoMoCo is temporarily producing the crossover without them in an effort to speed up deliveries, though it plans to restore the controls at some point in the future. Models impacted by the change will have a color-matched trim cover in place of the climate controls, as seen in the photo above, while the second-row climate settings will still be able to be controlled from the first row. The window stickers on affected vehicles will note this change and reflect a $50 credit called “Rear Auxilary Cntrls Credit.”
Additionally, this change also affects 2022 Ford Explorer models with second-row heated seats, which come as standard equipment on the Timberline, ST, King Ranch, and Platinum. Those vehicles will still be built with heated second-row seating but will lack the controls temporarily until they’re installed at a later date. Impacted models will have updated window stickers showing a $100 credit for “2nd Row Htd Sts Cntrls Credit.” 2022 Explorer models lacking these features are already being shipped from the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.
This isn’t the first time the Explorer has faced changes brought on by the chip shortage, as the crossover also previously gained an auto stop/start delete option, as Ford Authority reported last September. Additionally, both the Chevy Blazer and Traverse have been offered sans heated and ventilated seats and/or steering wheels in the past few months, too.