In addition to cutting production as a direct result of supply chain constraints including the chip shortage, Ford – along with a few other automakers – has been temporarily removing features from some of its models in an effort to deliver those vehicles more quickly. The latest is the 2022 Ford Expedition, which will now be shipping without its second-row climate controls, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.
The 2022 Ford Expedition lineup is gaining an option – 2nd Row Climate Control Removal, or order code 57C – which removes the second-row climate controls on every trim level in the SUV’s lineup, including the XL, XLT, Timberline, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. This is most likely a temporary change and will likely result in a price reduction – which has been the case with other models in The Blue Oval’s lineup – but those details have not been outlined as of yet.
There’s also no word on whether or not the second-row climate controls can be added at a later date by a dealer, though that is the case with the 2022 Ford Explorer and its recently deleted second-row climate controls, as Ford Authority reported last month.
This is just the latest feature removed from the 2022 Ford Expedition as a result of supply constraints, which has also recently dropped Ford’s Active Park Assist 2.0 (which has also been removed from the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E EV crossover and the 2022 Ford F-150 lineups) and auto stop/start, while the SUV’s multicontour seats are a late availability option on that model, and have been removed from the 2022 Explorer altogether. And as Ford Authority reported yesterday, the entire 2022 Ford Bronco is losing its factory navigation system, too.
In addition to these changes, Ford Expedition production – along with the Ford Super Duty and Lincoln Navigator – has been disrupted at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant multiple times in recent months due to ongoing supply chain issues including the chip shortage.