The 2020 Ford Explorer may be problematic for Ford, considering its less-than-stellar launch and number of recalls the model has been involved with in the past year. But the automaker is determined to turn things around for the 2022 version of the vehicle.
Based on recent spy photos, the Blue Oval appears to be working on adding a new off-road-focused package to the Explorer lineup. If Ford Authority’s report turns out to be correct, this new package will be called the Timberline.
In the photos, the model is revealed to have a number of significant changes from the current version in the market. Most notable of which are different wheels, a set of beefy Bridgestone dueler all-terrain tires, and an overhauled front end that features a new grille insert and an orange trim piece on the lower fascia. A redesigned rear end with a skid plate underneath is also believed to be in the works, seemingly borrowing styling cues from the FX4 packages of the Blue Oval’s pickup trucks.
Other than the addition of off-roading accessories, though, it’s unclear whether the Explorer will also receive more mechanical changes. But as the trend goes for Ford and the Explorer, a lifted suspension and optional all-wheel-drive system are likely to be offered.
The Timberline package is expected to get its own badging and interior trim differences, consistent with other packages previously introduced by the automaker. It is rumored to join the 2022 lineup, but it’s also possible for Ford to launch it for the 2021 model year.