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As Ford celebrates the Expedition’s 25th anniversary in 2022, they’re brushing up a new look for the model. At the Detroit Motor Bella show, Ford revealed that the SUV is getting its first visual refresh since 2017.
According to Car and Driver, updates to the Expedition will include changes to the fascia, high-tech upgrades, and even a new Timberline trim with exciting off-road abilities.
What's new for the 2022 Ford Expedition?
For the interior, the 2022 Expedition will have completely redesigned front fascias and dashboards, standard 12-inch infotainment screens, and redesigned dashboards. Upgraded materials will give the inside a stylish and comfortable feel. The 2022 model offers impressive space, with a third row big enough for adults and lots of interior cubby room.
The new Timberline trim features a more rugged look, 33-inch tires, and increased ride height, good for outdoor activities and off-roading.
There will be six trim levels for the 2022 Expedition. This includes the XL, XLT, Limited, Timberline, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Expedition’s standard engine is a 380-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 470 lb-ft of torque.
The new hands-free driving tool BlueCruise will also come on the 2022 Expedition, though only on the top-tier Platinum level. The Limited trim will feature a Stealth Performance package with a sport-tuned suspension, dark exterior coloring, and an upgraded version of Ford’s twin-turbo V-6.
How does the BlueCruise system work?
BlueCruise will allow hands-free driving on certain highways, which Ford calls Blue Zones. BlueCruise uses a monitoring system to ensure the driver’s eyes are on the road in case of an emergency or if they move out of a Blue Zone.
Other features incorporated into BlueCruise are adaptive cruise control and a reconfiguring gauge cluster to signal when BlueCruise is engaged. You need a subscription to access this system, and it’s only available to those with the Platinum trim.
Potential drawbacks of the new Expedition
There are a few minor issues with the new Expedition. Car and Driver reported some trouble with the steering feel and accuracy, calling the handling “ungainly.” So, if you’re looking for a more agile SUV, this one might not be the right choice. However, the independent rear suspension on the Expedition makes for a smooth ride if not particularly nimble or responsive.
Car and Driver also said that, in their testing, Ford’s Ecoboost V-6 engine got fewer miles per gallon on average than the V-8, despite Ford claiming the opposite.
The standard Expedition XL is expected to start at around $53,000. Ford is looking to release the new 2022 model late this year, though no official date has been set.
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