The current-generation Ford Expedition has been around for four years following its debut in 2017. It's no surprise then that the Blue Oval would decide to update their flagship SUV to keep it looking fresh and competitive in the segment. Aside from updating the SUV's design and interior, Ford also introduced two new variants for the Expedition, and they're at the opposite ends of the spectrum.
For the 2022 model, Ford gave the Expedition a new set of LED headlights, which are now standard across the range, a new grille, and updated taillights. But what's really interesting are two new variants – Timberline and Stealth Performance Package.
The Timberline is possibly the most rugged and off-road capable Expedition Ford has ever offered from the factory. There are changes to the exterior, including a unique grille, a revised bumper with red tow hooks, and a different set of wheels. But the changes you see here are beyond cosmetic upgrades.
To turn it into a proper off-roading SUV, the Expedition Timberline comes with 269.24mm ground clearance, which is more than that of a Jeep Wagoneer. Aside from jacking up the ride, this Expedition also borrows underbody protection from the F-150 Raptor. It even comes with a Trail Turn Assist system that was first offered on the new Bronco. To ensure grip both on- and off-road, 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires come standard on the Timberline. If the tires and grille aren't distinct enough, the orange accents all around help set the rugged Expedition apart.
If rugged trucks aren't your thing, Ford's other new variant for the Expedition might interest you more – the Stealth Edition Performance Package. While the Timberline is for off-road, this one is meant for the streets by turning the Expedition into a sportier SUV with more aggressive styling. Visual tweaks include black accents on the grille, side mirrors, and roof rails. The headlights, taillights, and fog lights also get a smoked effect. For better handling, a sports-tuned suspension comes standard.
Under the hood, both the Timberline and the Stealth Edition Performance Package are powered by the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 rated at 440 horsepower and 692 Nm torque. However, only the Timberline comes with a two-speed transfer case to further enhance off-road capabilities.
Inside, the cabin gets new 12-inch infotainment with Sync 4A, upgradeable to a larger 15.5-inch unit. Other features now available on the 2022 Expedition include more safety tech, including hands-free driving.
With the updated Expedition launched in the US, it will only be a matter of time before Ford Philippines offers it locally. The question is, will the automaker offer the more rugged and sportier Timberline and Stealth Edition Performance Package? We certainly hope so.