The 2022 Ford Expedition receives styling changes and a new SYNC 4 infotainment system.
A new Expedition Timberline is introduced with higher ground clearance, all-terrain tires and skid plates.
A Stealth Performance package is newly available with a 440-horsepower, 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine.
Now that General Motors launched its portfolio of redesigned full-size SUVs, it’s the Blue Oval’s turn to retaliate with the substantially refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition.
In addition to styling changes, a new infotainment system and the company’s new BlueCruise driver assistance system, the big utility vehicle joins the Ford Explorer in introducing the outdoorsy Expedition Timberline edition.
The latter is touted as the most capable variant of the nameplate ever, with class-leading standard ground clearance, a wider track, improved approach and departure angles, Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires, a two-speed transfer case and skid plates. First seen on the Ford Bronco, Trail Turn Assist is also included in the Timberline, which tightens the vehicle’s turning radius when needed.
The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline also receives a revised version of the twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, developing in this case 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s still connected a 10-speed automatic transmission and—obviously—a four-wheel drivetrain. Other Expedition trims get the same engine, but with 375 or 400 horsepower.
Explaining why the Timberline has been added to the model range, the SUV’s chief engineer Mike Kipley stated that “our research shows more than one-third of Expedition customers go off-road, and almost 30% say true off-road capability is a must-have, which is what we’ve delivered.”
Also new is the Stealth Performance Package, available on the Expedition Limited and Limited MAX variants. It too gets the 440-horsepower EcoBoost engine, but adopts a darker and sportier appearance with gloss-black grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate trim, rear bumper guard, fog lamp bezels as well as headlight and taillight clusters. The package also includes unique 22-inch black alloy wheels, red-painted brake callipers and a sportier tuning of the continuously controlled damping suspension.
Standard in the 2022 Ford Expedition is SYNC 4, the automakers new-generation infotainment system with over-the-air updates, matched to a 12-inch touchscreen. Uplevel trims can also be fitted with a new 15.5-inch, portrait-oriented touchscreen that’s found in other recently introduced Ford products. A fully digital 12.4-inch driver instrument panel and a 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed surround sound system are available as well.
The BlueCruise hands-free driver-assist technology allows for semi-autonomous highway driving on some 130,000 miles of U.S. and Canadian roadways—called Hands-Free Blue Zones—while a driver-facing camera makes sure there’s an attentive human behind the wheel at all times.
Across the 2022 Ford Expedition lineup that rounds up XL STX (U.S. market only), XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum, in addition to the new Stealth Performance Package and Timberline, other changes include standard LED headlights, revised taillights and new alloy wheel designs.
The refreshed Expedition and Expedition MAX once again compete against the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada in the full-size SUV segment. The 4×2 models (U.S. only) can tow up to 9,300 pounds or 4,218 kilograms, while the 4×4 models can pull up to 9,200 pounds or 4,173 kg.
The 2022 Ford Expedition will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022, and pricing will be announced at a later date.