The refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer made its official debut last week, one complete with an array of updates including revised exterior and interior styling, the arrival of the new Ford Digital Experience infotainment system, a handful of new tech features, the availability of BlueCruise for the first time, a simplified powertrain lineup, and a revamped trim level lineup, to boot. However, perhaps the biggest omission from this reveal was the Ford Explorer Timberline, a more rugged and off-road-focused version of the crossover that originally debuted in May 2021. Many have been wondering where the Timberline might have gone, but it seems as if that particular trim will most likely return soon, according to MotorTrend.
“We know that this customer likes to go off-road. We know that this customer is younger, is more active with hunting and fishing and camping and things of that nature,” explained Jeff Marentic, Ford General Manager, North America/Global Truck, Family and Enthusiast Vehicles – lending credence to the idea that Ford has no intentions of abandoning the Explorer Timberline, which makes perfect sense given the incredible popularity of off-road-focused models in general these days.
It’s worth noting that the Ford Explorer Timberline did not debut alongside the refreshed 2020 model either, and instead, came along a few months later. Ford Authority also spotted a refreshed Explorer Timberline out testing back in July 2023 – though that particular prototype sported the same front end design as the old model, albeit mated with the updated rear styling of other 2025 trims. It’s unclear if this will be the case with the refreshed Explorer Timberline, however.
In the meantime, the 2025 Ford Explorer will soldier on with Active, Platinum, ST-Line, and ST trim levels, each with their own unique styling cues. As Ford Authority reported last week, some 2025 Explorer models are even cheaper than their predecessors as well, though there are some changes to standard equipment that impact that pricing in various ways.