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2024 Ford Explorer Timberline Refresh Prototype Spotted

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.

A front three quarters driver side view of the 2024 Ford Explorer Timberline refresh with camoflauge covering the front end

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.

We’ll have more on the Explorer soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news, and for the latest Ford news and updates.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Tim

    Like them but the rear slope on the roof impedes what I need to load. Looks like some front and rear adjustments but other than that an explorer.

  2. Bob Dobson

    My 2021 ST now has two more outstanding recalls on it after I got the first two fixed. The SYNC3 system is the most poorly executed software system I have ever used. The supply chain issues caused the current model year to continue dropping features all while the MSRP hits close to $65,000. Unfortunately after 5 Explorers this will be my last, the QC just isnt getting better.

    1. Outlook214

      I own a 2020 Edge ST and 2021 F-150. I have had more problems with these than any Ford I have ever owned and I have owned several. I wonder how much this plandemic has affected other brands with quality? People don’t want to work after the Covid handouts (poor build quality) and it’ll take years for these upstart suppliers to figure out QC issues. Ford seems to have navigated the supply issues worse than every other manufacturer. I guess they are neglecting ICE vehicles and going big banking on EV’s. I think this will blow up in Farley’s face, but stock holders are buying it……… for now.

      1. RWFA

        LoL cool analysis bro.

  3. Scott

    I’m lovin’ my 2022 Timberline white on black version. I have the top crossbars
    and dual led light bars. In sport mode, it’s a blast to drive to the campsite.

  4. Mike says...

    The Explorer is way over due for a ground up ‘new model’. Having said that, Ford will wait for the competition to direct their future model design and direction, if ever.
    Said before, Ford is so conservative having abandoned any industry leadership aspirations.
    The Explorer will stay the same for as long as people keep forking over 65k… wait for it….. the Heritage edition.

    1. RWFA

      No, actually not. A new BEV explorer is in the works.

  5. Shelby32

    The Timberline Explorer needs the 3.0 V6 for me to consider it. Why Ford does not offer the V6 in this model is beyond stupid.


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