Ford is following up on their more rugged refresh of the Explorer by providing the same treatment to the Expedition. The 2022 Expedition will feature a special Timberline model that is focused primarily on off-road performance with 33-inch all-terrain tires and better ground clearance.
The Expedition has long been more of an urban dweller than an off-road adventurer, but Timberline edition openly challenges that past. The Expedition still features the EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6. You normally get 380 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque out of that powerhouse, but the Expedition is capable of 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The new off-roading focus starts with a 10.6-inch ground clearance, which results in improvements in the approach angle (28.5 degrees) and the departure angle (23.7 degrees).
That extra ground clearance comes with some extra protection in the form of better underbody cladding—the same underbody protection found on the F-150 Raptor. In addition to being taller, the Expedition is also wider in the track. It comes with a two-speed transfer case. The Bronco also lends its Trail Turn Assist system to the expedition. As for looks, the Expedition sports a special black grille and it comes with Active Orange accents both on the exterior and the interior.
In addition to off-road ruggedness, the Timberline comes with an update to the technology, including Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving and assist. It also offers road edge detection, lane centring, and speed sign recognition. Towing is a breeze with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package, which allows for towing of up to 9,300 pounds. The standard digital cluster measures 12.4 inches, and you can opt for a 15.5-inch touchscreen, like what you would find in the Mustang Mach-E. Bang & Olufsen provide the sound system. The Expedition is set to go out on its first . . . well, expedition in the first quarter of 2022.