Ford has revealed a new trim for its popular Explorer 3-row SUV. The Explorer Timberline is the first of the series. Ford says the Timberline is the most off-road-capable Explorer it’s ever made thanks to increased ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, steel skid plates, a Torsen Limited-slip differential, and Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires.
The SUV also features new shocks, springs, and stabilizer bars. To set the Timberline apart from other Explorer models, Ford has given it a unique available Forged Green Metallic exterior color and blackout treatment around the headlamps, tail lamps, and a black Ford oval. To match its exterior, the Timberline’s interior is trimmed in a Deep Cypress color.
With a ground clearance of 8.7 inches, the Explorer Timberline rides 0.8-inches higher than normal Explorer models and uses off-road capable heavy-duty shocks originally developed for the Police Interceptor version. The Explorer Timberline offers an approach angle of 23.5 degrees and a maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees. The SUV has red tow looks rated at 150 percent gross vehicle weight and special front and rear bumper treatments.
Power comes from a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost, making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-foot of torque. The only transmission available is a 10-speed automatic.
While the SUV includes LED fog lamps, it also has a wiring harness ready for dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights. Ford also fits the vehicle with a standard Class III Trailer Tow Package, making the vehicle capable of towing 5300 pounds. The 2022 Explorer Timberline will land at dealerships this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Source:: 95 Octane