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The Big Reveal Is This Week

2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch

The 2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch is expected to debut this week, adding a dose of southern chic to the three-row SUV lineup. It will be the fourth nameplate to add the King Ranch trim level, following the F-150 King Ranch, Super Duty King Ranch, and Expedition King Ranch.

Expect a consistent theme in the 2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch as seen in the other models. This includes full-grain saddle-brown leather seats and accents, signature details, and some unique exterior touches. Mechanically, the King Ranch package has not traditionally changed anything.

On the technology side, we don’t expect any big debuts with the King Ranch trim, but we do expect it to offer a full suite of content standard, such as Ford Co-Pilot360, along with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

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Being that the King Ranch is premium trim level, expect up-level powertrain options, such as the 365 hp 3.0L EcoBoost V6 in the Explorer Platinum, the 400 hp 3.0L EcoBoost V6 found in the Explorer ST, or the electrified 318 horsepower 3.3L V6 in the Explorer Hybrid. All power is sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, configured with a rotary dial on the center console.

In the trim level hierarchy, the King Ranch trim level tends to sit just under the Platinum trim level, as seen with the 2021 Ford F-150. Look for the same when it comes to the Ford Explorer King Ranch when pricing is announced.

Following the debut of the 2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch, look for the more off-road-ready Explorer Timberline, which is set to go toe-to-toe with the all-new WL Jeep Grand Cherokee.

2022 Ford Explorer King Ranch

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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