Over the past several months, a host of Blue Oval models have faced production challenges – most recently, the 2022 Ford Fiesta, which is produced at the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant – while a variety of other nameplates have seen various options and features removed or delayed, including the 2022 Ford Focus – which is facing supply issues related to its larger infotainment screen, the 2022 Ford Expedition and its late availability multicontour seats, as well as the 2022 Ford Explorer, which is experiencing a number of issues at the moment. Now, the 2022 Ford Explorer is also ditching its multicontour seat option altogether, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority.
Beginning today, all 2022 Explorer models equipped with multicontour seats – ST 401A series equipped with the Premium Technology Package (option code 65P, which also includes the 10.1-inch touchcreen and 14-speaker B&O Premium audio system), King Ranch, and Platinum trims – will be produced at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant without that particular feature in an effort to speed up customer deliveries. Models equipped with 65P will instead be specced with the Premium Technology Package (Less Multicontour Seats), or option code 65J.
Instead of the Multicontour seat, these impacted models will come equipped with a 10-way power driver’s seat and 8-way power passenger seat, which are identical in appearance to the Multicontour seat but do not have the Multicontour seat function. Additionally, ST 401A models equipped with the 65J package will receive a $300 credit, reducing the package price from $1,295 to $995. King Ranch and Platinum models will also receive a $300 discount, while both price reductions will be reflected on each impacted vehicle’s window sticker.
This is just the latest feature to be temporarily removed from the 2022 Explorer, which has already been offered with an auto stop/start removal option, while the crossover is also being produced sans rear-seat climate controls as Ford continues to battle supply chain shortages. As Ford Authority reported last month, this trend doesn’t figure to end anytime soon, and will also continue to spread to other models for the foreseeable future as well.