Ford has always had customers who are passionate about off-road and have been satisfied by the upcoming Bronco or Bronco Sport, but for a family car, this SUV is the go-to.
It is said that the Ford Explorer 2022 will be offered a new off-road package, called Explorer Timberline. Ford trademarked the Timberline name in 2018 along with the Maverick name, but it is uncertain if the old name will still be in use at this time.
Maverick is still supposed to be named for an upcoming compact pickup while this new Explorer option was formerly known as the FX4, but with Ford’s recent introduction of the Tremor name, the company is ready to use it. Other names are given to the off-road versions.
Accordingly, the Explorer Timberline model is said to have an equipment package that includes better off-road tires, a refreshed front and rear tire, plus side cladding along with steps. It is not clear which engine will be available on the Timberline, but it is reported that the Explorer ST’s 400hp twin-turbocharged V6.
In addition, it is likely that Ford will use a custom version of the V6 engine, producing 365 horsepower in the Explorer Platinum version. All-wheel drive will almost certainly be a standard feature on Timberline.
Ford is also rumored to expand its King Ranch trim level for the Explorer. King Ranch is currently offered on F-Series trucks and Expedition SUVs but could be applied to the Explorer for the first time on a 2022 model.