Pontiac – Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday unveiled a redesigned version of its full-size Expedition SUV for the 2022 model year, including driver assistance capabilities as well as a new off-road series and performance package.
Highlights of the new expedition include the introduction of Ford’s Timberline series, which is designed for off-roading; a new Stealth Edition performance pack; and debut on the Expedition Platinum version of Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving system.
“We’ve refined almost every part of our new expedition – from upgraded interiors to further connectivity enhancements to make the ownership experience as convenient as possible for the still active lives of our customers,” Kumar Galhotra, President, Ford , Americas and International Markets Group, said in a statement.
The new expedition – revealed at the Motor Bella auto show which kicked off Tuesday in Pontiac – targets younger and more diverse buyers, with Ford noting that millennials are now the fastest growing buying demographic in the world. full-size SUV segment. Since launching the latest generation Expedition in 2017, Ford says the SUV has nearly tripled its market share in its segment.
It is equipped with a turbocharged 3.5 liter engine and has a maximum towing capacity of 9,300 pounds.
The range of vehicles extends from the Expedition XL to the premium Expedition Platinum.
The exterior features what Ford describes as “bolder styling” with standard LED headlights, updated taillights, and new wheel choices. The Platinum trim level comes with a new double-spar mesh grille and fog lights with chrome accents.
The new expedition, which is built at Ford’s Kentucky truck plant, is expected to go on sale in Q1 2022
Ford, in a statement announcing the new expedition, compared it to the new Jeep Wagoneer, saying the Timberline series has 10.6-inch better ground clearance compared to the Wagoneer 10, is 4% lighter and has a better power / weight ratio. The automaker says its twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine delivers 48 extra horsepower and 106 more pound-feet of torque than Wagoneer.
Timberline comes with the underbody protection found on the high-performance F-150 Raptor pickup, and features a unique grille and “active orange” exterior accents to set it apart from the rest of the Expedition lineup.
“Timberline sets a new standard with full-size SUV customers who need more passenger room, ample off-road capability and a base camp for the travels of a lifetime,” said Ford Expedition chief engineer Mike Kipley in a statement.
Ford says the series offers improved track capacity with a standard 10.6-inch ground clearance and wider track, improved approach and departure angles and a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. producing 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
Upgrades include Trail Turn Assist – the same system on the Bronco – which can tighten the turning radius on hairpin trails, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires and a two-speed transfer case.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Expedition will also be available with a new Stealth Edition performance package that Ford says delivers 85 more horsepower and 127 more pound-feet of torque than the Chevrolet Tahoe RST SUV.
The Stealth Edition features “athletic styling and a sporty tuned suspension,” Ford said in a press release. It boasts best-in-class power with the same high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that powers the Timberline series.
The Stealth Pack is available on Expedition Limited and Limited MAX. The set includes items in gloss black, including the grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate applique, rear bumper skid plate, fog light bezels, as well as than the housing of the headlights and taillights. Red brake calipers sit behind larger 22-inch black aluminum wheels. The vehicle body features “Expedition” and “Limited” badges and new black Ford oval emblems.
Expedition Platinum launches Ford BlueCruise, the company’s hands-free on-road assistance system. The technology allows drivers to drive their vehicles hands-free on certain prequalified sections of divided highways. A driver-facing camera monitors the driver to ensure they are paying attention to the road.
Some of the standard and available driver assistance features on the Expedition include roadside detection, intersection assist, reverse brake assist, evasive steering assist and road lock. active air, an option that improves aerodynamics.
The new expedition is available with a 12.4-inch high-definition digital gauge cluster featuring an on-demand information area, expedition-specific graphics and animations that respond to the vehicle’s selectable drive modes and can display off-road data and turns. -turn navigation.
And the SUV comes standard with Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system or an optional Sync 4A system with a 15.5-inch high-definition touchscreen. Sync 4A “provides a modern interface using machine learning to learn and present preferred driver choices,” according to Ford.
Sync 4 comes with a standard 12-inch center display. An on-demand information panel allows users to split the screen and control multiple functions at the same time.
Expedition also comes with Ford Power-Up software, which enables live updates to correct issues and deliver new features and capabilities.
Expedition’s rear entertainment system features Amazon Fire 10 on high-definition touchscreens with 16 gigabytes of storage.