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The New Ford Off-Road SUV Seeks Out The Jeep Wagoneer

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Motor Bella 2021
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MC&T was in attendance at the first-ever Motor Bella festival: an outdoor auto show happening at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. In typical misfortune, it’s raining all week up here, and being that it’s the start of autumn, it’s far from feeling tropical. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline is on display all week, rain or shine.

The current Ford Expedition has been on the market for a few years now, and has recently brushed up against some stiff competition from both General Motors and Stellantis. At GM, you have the newer Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Then at Stellantis, you have the all-new Jeep Wagoneer. To rattle Ford’s cage even more, the Tahoe, Yukon and Wagoneer all offer adventure-ready packages compared to the Expedition. But that has all changed with the introduction of the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline, which takes aim at the Jeep Wagoneer, as well as the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and GMC Yukon AT4.

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline Motor Bella 2021
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2022 Ford Expedition Timberline: The Details

The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline takes ground clearance superiority over its targets – a must for any SUV claiming to be off-road oriented. With its 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires, the Expedition Timerbline provides 10.6 inches of ground clearance, versus 10 inches on the Jeep Wagoneer and Chevrolet Tahoe Z71. Indeed, both are very close, but the Timberline also incorporates underbody protection from the mighty 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, should one run out of said ground clearance.

The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline also comes on top of its rivals with the most powerful engine in its class, with its high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed transfer case.

The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline also borrows Trail Turn Assist from the 2021 Ford Bronco. This technology that can tighten the turning radius when navigating this body-on-frame three-row SUV through trails that tend to be built around much smaller vehicles.

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline
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High-Tech Improvements

Other technology upgrades include standard SYNC 4 with a 12-inch center screen or an optional SYNC 4A system  with a high-def 15.5 inch tablet style display. The standard 12-inch center screen with information on-demand panel allows customers to split the screen and control multiple functions simultaneously, including navigation, music and other features, such as towing information. The 15.5-inch portrait-oriented display includes adaptive dash card technology that uses the touch screen for interactive individual digital cards, instead of traditional menus, to organize and optimize the experience. Audio is provided via a Bang & Olufsen Unleashed Sound System featuring a class-leading 22 Speakers, including a Subwoofer and 360-degree surround sound.

The 2022 Ford Expedition also introduces OTA updates for the nameplate, branded as Ford Power-Up.

The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline and the rest of the lineup is assembled at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, and will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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