The needs of Millennials and GenXers are changing as their lifestyles adapt to parenthood and other new obligations. They still want to explore the great outdoors, go camping, boating, cycling, et cetera – only now they want to do it with their kids.
These changing priorities are creating a shift in their choice of vehicles, too, and Ford is responding by diversifying its full-size SUV portfolio.
For example, the Blue Oval crew’s flagship SUV, the Expedition, is expanding its lineup for 2022 with new models specifically aimed at this emerging market. The Timberline Edition and Stealth Edition Performance Package, plus a new Platinum trim, join the existing lineup.
2022 Ford Expedition - Timberline Edition
The Timberline is being offered as the most off-road-capable Expedition ever – and special features have been added to ensure its rough-and-tumble capabilities live up to that billing.
“Timberline sets a new standard with full-size SUV customers who need more passenger space, great off-road capability and a base camp for life’s journeys,” says Mike Kipley, the Expedition’s chief engineer.
The Timberline’s enhanced trail capability starts with its standard 269-millimetre ground clearance – best in its class and 15mm higher than the Jeep Wagoneer – plus a wider track and improved approach and departure angles. It also weighs 4% less than the Wagoneer, even with its steel heavy-duty underbody skid plates borrowed from the F-150 Raptor.
Other functional upgrades include Trail Turn Assist (the same system introduced on the new Bronco)m which can tighten the turning radius on hairpin trails, a two-speed transfer case, and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires.
The Timberline model also features a unique grille and Active Orange exterior accents.
Power is supplied by Ford’s high-output 3.5-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine producing 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque – the greatest available power in its class, topping the Wagoneer’s 5.7-litre V-8 engine by 48 horsepower and 106 more lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
2022 Ford Expedition - Stealth Edition Performance Package
The new Stealth Edition boosts the Expedition’s fun-to-drive capability with a sport-tuned suspension, plus the same high-output twin-turbo V-6 offered in the Timberline. For comparison, its power output delivers 85 more horsepower and 127 lb-ft more torque than the Chevrolet Tahoe RST’s 5.3-litre V-8 engine.
The Stealth Package, which is available on Expedition Limited and Limited MAX, sets itself apart in the Expedition lineup with stylish gloss-black features including grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate, fog lamp bezels, plus headlamp and tail lamp housing. Bright red brake calipers peek from behind the larger 22-inch premium black aluminum wheels, while the “Expedition” and “Limited” badges front and rear are finished in black. The familiar blue oval Ford emblems are black, as well.
Inside, Stealth models feature an all-black interior that’s highlighted by red stitching.
Advanced technologies used in the 2022 Ford Expedition
The Platinum model features the debut of Ford’s BlueCruise3 hands-free highway driver-assist technology. This available feature builds on existing intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centering and speed sign recognition technologies. It allows the driver to operate the vehicle hands-free on the highway while being monitored by a driver-facing camera to ensure their eyes are focused on the road. It is compatible on prequalified sections of divided highways called Hands-Free Blue Zones, with more than 209,000 kilometres of Canadian and U.S. roads already mapped.
Elevating the new instrument panel and craftsmanship further is an available 12.4-inch high-definition digital gauge cluster that features a large information on-demand area, along with Expedition-specific graphics and animations that respond to the vehicle’s selectable drive modes. It can display off-roading data and turn-by-turn navigation.
Ford’s SYNC 4 system with a 12-inch centre-mounted, landscape-format screen, is standard. Its on-demand panel allows users to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music and other features, such as towing information.
An advanced SYNC 4A version with a 15.5- inch high-definition touch display – the largest available screen in its class – is an available option on the ’22 Expedition. SYNC 4A provides a modern interface with a 15.5-inch portrait-oriented display that includes adaptive dash card technology using the touch screen for interactive individual digital cards, instead of traditional menus, to organize and optimize the experience.
Audiophiles will appreciate the available Bang & Olufsen® Unleashed Sound System featuring 22 speakers, including a subwoofer, plus 360-degree surround sound. The system is available on King Ranch, Platinum, Stealth Performance Edition Package and Timberline models.
For back-seat riders there’s a rear-seat entertainment system that lets them enjoy a wide variety of content from popular apps, stream videos, play games, listen to music, get information and watch downloaded programs – all through high-definition touch screens with 16 gigabytes of storage.
All Expedition models are equipped with Ford Power-Up software, which delivers regular vehicle enhancements and updates over the air to owners.
2022 Ford Expedition Driver-Assist Features
Every 2022 Expedition comes with the most standard and available driver-assist features in its class. They include Road Edge Detection, which engages the steering system to help maintain the vehicle’s position in the lane on roads with a visible line or a clear edge; Intersection Assist, which uses the front camera and radar sensors to detect oncoming traffic while you’re attempting to turn left and if there’s a risk of a potential collision with an oncoming vehicle, it will can alert you and apply the brakes; Reverse Brake Assist, which senses oncoming pedestrians and vehicles as you’re backing out of a parking space and alerts the driver, then automatically applies the brakes if there’s risk of a collision; Evasive Steering Assist, which can help avoid a collision when suddenly there’s a slow or stopped vehicle in your path. This available assist feature doesn’t steer for you, but it can provide extra steering support if the system’s warning goes off and you need to take evasive action.
Towing capabilities are significant to many consumers in this segment, so Ford has developed easier ways to hitch and manage a trailer. Pro Trailer Backup Assist 2.0 uses the rear camera and park aid sensors to detect a trailer (the previous system required the driver to put a “target” on the trailer and to input the trailer’s dimensions), then the driver directs the vehicle using a dash-mounted control knob and backup camera screen. The upgraded technology makes any driver look like a pro when backing into a campsite or down a boat ramp.
An available feature is an active air dam which improves aerodynamics by deploying at speeds above 64 km/h, then automatically retracting at lower speeds for city driving and parking.
Expeditions will tow up to 9,300 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package.
The Expedition will be assembled at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.