The 2024 Ford Explorer is currently running around in prototype form near Ford’s vehicle development facilities. As Ford Authority previously detailed, the ST and Timberline prototypes have previously been spotted on public roads, albeit with plenty of camo up front and out back. Those coverings heavily suggest that both areas will see substantial updates for the refresh, although concrete details about changes have yet to surface. Photographers recently spotted another Timberline out and about, and while there is nothing revelatory about this specific prototype, it does feature a new color that may be making its way to the Explorer for the first time.
There aren’t any new or revelatory details we can glean from this particular 2024 Ford Explorer Timberline other than its paint, which appears to be Avalanche, a fairly new color that has been introduced into the modern Ford lineup, namely the Ford Maverick and Ford Ranger, among others. It would make sense on the Explorer as well, especially the off-road oriented Timberline. This particular example appears to feature the same 18-inch aluminum wheels as the current model.
With such heavy camo over the front end, it is unclear if the North American Timberline will emulate its Chinese counterpart, which has yet to be officially revealed. Based on how that front covering is fitted though, it seems like the two will still remain a bit apart aesthetically.
Out back, the 2024 Ford Explorer Timberline does not reveal any of its secrets, although it appears to be missing its rear skid plate. This is actually the least covered tailgate we’ve seen yet, but that’s not saying much, as there is still a substantial amount of camo between the tail lights. The biggest change that may take place is the addition of a strip of chrome and lighting spanning the width of the tailgate, as seen in the Chinese version. Perhaps the biggest change-up may occur in the cabin, as a recent interior sighting caught what appears to be the upcoming Google Built-In or equivalent Android infotainment system operating in the cabin of an ST model. If the SUV was in fact using the Google-based system, it would be the first time a Ford vehicle would offer it.
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