Motor Bella Live Photos
MC&T was present at the very first Motor Bella Festival: an outdoor auto show held at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. Unfortunately, it rains all week here, and since it’s early fall, it’s far from tropical. Nevertheless, the show must go on and the Ford Expedition Timberline 2022 is on display all week, rain or shine.
The current Ford Expedition has been on the market for a few years now and has recently faced stiff competition from General Motors and Stellantis. At GM, you have the latest Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Then at Stellantis you have the all new Jeep Wagoneer. To shake up the Ford cage even more, the Tahoe, Yukon, and Wagoneer all offer adventure-ready sets compared to the Expedition. But that all changed with the introduction of the Ford Expedition Timberline 2022, which targets the Jeep Wagoneer, as well as the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and GMC Yukon AT4.
Ford Expedition Timberline 2022: the details
The Ford Expedition Timberline 2022 has ground clearance superiority over its targets – a must have for any SUV claiming to be off-road oriented. With its 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires, the Expedition Timerbline offers 10.6-inch ground clearance, compared to 10 inches on the Jeep Wagoneer and Chevrolet Tahoe Z71. Indeed, the two are very close, but the Timberline also integrates underbody protection of the powerful Ford F-150 Raptor 2021, if one were to miss said ground clearance.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline also outperforms its rivals with the most powerful engine in its class, with its high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline also borrows Trail Turn Assist from the 2021 Ford Bronco. This technology helps tighten the turning radius when this three-row, body-on-chassis SUV is navigated on trails that tend to be built around much smaller vehicles.
Other technology enhancements include the standard SYNC 4 system with a 12-inch center display or an optional SYNC 4A system with a 15.5-inch high-definition tablet-style display. The standard 12-inch center display with on-demand information panel allows customers to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music, and other features, such as towing information. The 15.5-inch portrait-oriented display features adaptive dashboard card technology that uses the touchscreen for interactive individual digital maps, instead of traditional menus, to organize and optimize the experience. Audio is delivered via a Bang & Olufsen Unleashed audio system with 22 state-of-the-art speakers, including a subwoofer and 360-degree surround sound.
The Ford Expedition 2022 also introduces OTA updates for the nameplate, under the Ford Power-Up brand.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline and the rest of the lineup are assembled at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.