2022 Ford Expedition has a new look, more technology, nicer equipment

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The Timberline trim is a sturdy new off-road oriented model for 2022.

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For 2022 is the Ford expedition Full-size SUV is on the receiving end of a welcome refresher. Two new trim levels are coming, the automaker’s Blue Cruise hands-free driving aid is offered, and you can get a huge infotainment screen inside (seriously, it’s huge). These changes and many more should help this sturdy family van better compete with the popular one Chevy Tahoe and brand new Jeep Wagoneer, serious threats from Ford’s Crosstown rivals.

New for ’22

Two new outfits will debut for the 2022 Expedition on Tuesday, and they’re on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Expedition Timberline offers more rugged styling and significantly improved off-road capabilities, while the Stealth Performance Package has a darkened look and should feel sportier on the road, where large SUVs like this one, to be honest, probably spend 98% of the time. their time.

The Timberline model is the most off-road expedition Ford ever offered from the factory. Of course, although not screaming, there are some visual cues that speak for this improved performance. All of the visual upgrades here are all tastefully done. There is a unique grille up front along with some chic orange accents, just like the smaller one Explorer Timberline. This expedition gains a wider track and rolls on black 18-inch wheels wrapped in sturdy all-terrain tires. Inside, you can get a deep Cyprus Green cabin offset by orange moldings and stitching. But with the Timberline, the biggest upgrades aren’t that obvious here.

Thanks to a higher ride height, this expedition has 10.6 inches of ground clearance, more than a Jeep Wagoneer. This expedition’s approach and take-off angles have been improved, there’s a juicy two-speed transfer case, and you can F-150 raptors Front protection plate that not only looks cool, but should also protect sensitive drive components from damage on the trail. Other mechanical upgrades include a stock limited-slip rear differential, larger anti-roll bars and unique springs, and a range of drive modes.

Just like the new one Bronco, the Timberline model has the clever Trail Turn Assist from Ford. In principle, this system can lock the inside rear wheel in certain situations in order to significantly reduce the turning circle, which can be a godsend on the trail. Not that you will, but thanks to these upgrades, the Expedition Timberline should get you pretty far off the beaten path.

Of course, if you’re only going to Costco every other weekend instead of bombing old logging trails, then consider the other new expedition gear for 2022. The street-facing Stealth Performance Package will be available for Midrange Limited and Extended Length Limited Max models. It offers a sportier look and a sportier chassis. This expedition builds on the Stealth Appearance Package that has been around for a few years, although it’s strange that Ford didn’t just refer to this model as an ST model like its other performance-enhanced models.

Timberline is new equipment for 2022 and the most powerful expedition ever.

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For a gloomy look, the radiator grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate application and lamp housings of this street-oriented SUV as well as the glamorous 22-inch wheels are blackened. Even the Ford badges have received the same treatment. The red brake calipers add a splash of color.

Fancy Platinum models are equipped as standard with a continuously variable damping suspension with street preview, a setup that should also be optional for Limited equipment and higher. Expeditions equipped with the Stealth Performance Package also have the adaptive dampers with a tighter set-up, but how sporty a ton-SUV can feel remains to be seen.

Powerful performance

Acceleration should at least not be a problem. As with the current model, only one drive train is offered in the Ford Expedition 2022, but it is available in two versions. You get a 3.5-liter EcoBoost biturbo V6 that is predictably tuned to a 10-speed automatic transmission. In the default setting, this engine throws 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, impressive numbers to be sure. But the Timberline trim and the specimens equipped with the Stealth Performance package get a high-performance variant that’s good for 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of rotation. That’s more of each than you get in a Jeep Wagoneer or Chevy Tahoe.

If equipped with the heavy-duty tow package, you can tow up to 9,300 pounds behind the 2022 expedition. That’s a good deal more than the Chevy, but less than the Jeep can handle.

Saving a few drops of fuel, this SUV is also available with an active front apron. It unfolds at speeds in excess of 40 mph and reportedly improves aerodynamics by 4% at highway speeds. On its own, this add-on probably doesn’t make much of a difference, but every little bit helps.

The new equipment of the Stealth Performance Package is accordingly inconspicuous.

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Big news inside

There are many important things to highlight in the refreshed expedition, even if their cockpit is not brand new. Some small components are carried over, but most of all the dashboard has been redesigned. It appears more flowing than before and is characterized by higher quality materials and finer details. With additional pressure from Wagoneer and Tahoe, Ford had to move the needle and it did.

A huge 12-inch landscape screen is standard equipment running the automaker’s Sync-4 infotainment system. But as in Mustang Mach-E fully electric SUV and coming F-150 flash Pickup truck, you can also get a huge 15.5-inch portrait display with Ford’s Sync 4A multimedia array. In both cases, both infotainment offers support wireless smartphone mirroring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12.4-inch digital instrument with expedition-specific graphics is also available.

Making long freeway drives less draining, Fords Blue cruise Thanks to new electrics, the hands-free driving aid is now standard equipment on the top shelf model Platinum. This is the only trim level that offers this advanced feature, at least for now. It sounds like Ford is making Blue Cruise available for other models in the years to come, which would be super smart. Similar to GM’s pioneering work Great cruise System, this setup enables hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of approved highways in North America.

Hell, that’s a big screen.

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Every expedition is equipped with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection as standard. An improved 360 degree camera system is offered and the Pro Trailer Backup Assist 2.0 offers a more seamless towing experience than before. Other unusual features include an available Bang & Olufsen sound system with 22 speakers. This feature should be available for the King Ranch, Platinum, Stealth Performance Package and Timberline models. Amazon Fire is now integrated into the rear seat entertainment system, which includes HD touchscreens with 16 gigabytes of storage.

Available early next year

Unfortunately, pricing and fuel economy information is not currently available, but the redesigned Ford Expedition 2022 is expected to hit dealerships in the first quarter of 2022. This SUV is again being built in Louisville, Kentucky.

The updated Expedition looks better than ever, is more powerful, and the technology it offers is a huge leap forward. Given the stiff competition from Tahoe and Wagoneer, Ford had to move up, and it looks like it.

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