But pricing will determine whether shoppers are getting a better deal.
The 2022 Ford Expedition was unveiled last week and the big news for the Blue Oval's three-row SUV was the introduction of a new Timberline trim. This off-road-focused model follows the Explorer Timberline and provides more adventurous shoppers with models that boast better ground clearance, chunkier tires, and a brasher appearance to remind everyone else how much you enjoy playing in the mud over the weekend. Honda's new Passport Trailsport adheres to a similar recipe. However, it seems that the new Expedition Timberline has rendered one of the SUV's most popular packages irrelevant.
Devin McParlane, Expedition Marketing Manager, recently revealed that the Expedition Timberline will be replacing the FX4 Off-Road package that was introduced for the 2020 model year. As a reminder, the 2021 Expedition XLT 4x4 model could be equipped with the FX4 Off-Road package for $1,650. It added off-road shocks, skid plates, underbody protection for the fuel tank, and a ControlTrac eLSD, to name a few. For $2,035, the same package could be specified with a 360-degree camera system. The replacement of the FX4 Off-Road package indicates that the new Timberline should be at least as capable.
According to Ford, the Timberline is the most off-road-capable Expedition. Whereas the 2021 model had 9.8 inches of ground clearance, the new Timberline boasts up to 10.6 inches. It has 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires, a two-speed transfer case, and underbody shielding. What the Timberline does also offer over and above the FX4 package is the Bronco's Trail Turn Assist system that can tighten the turning radius when tackling hairpin trails. What remains to be seen is how much the Timberline will cost and if it can offer similar value as the FX4 package it'll be replacing. We expect Ford to reveal pricing for the 2022 Expedition imminently, but either way, the latest model is the most capable version of the SUV yet.