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2022 Ford Expedition: 5 things to look forward to

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Ford unveiled the 2022 Ford Expedition during the Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac, Michigan. Ford’s full-size flagship SUV has some big things coming, including new trims and new technology.

With the refresh, Ford has the Jeep Wagoneer and the Chevy Tahoe in its crosshairs. And, as we know, competition is good for the consumer.

The 2022 Expedition will have a 3.5-liter GTDI, and the two-wheel drive version will have a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds. Ford touts that this tows 900 pounds more than the aforementioned Tahoe’s 5.3-liter V-8, which is rated at 8,400 pounds. Pricing is not yet known for the 2022 Expedition, and Ford says it will be available in Winter of 2022.

Trim-specific looks

Following the trend we saw in the recently revealed 2022 Toyota Tundra, which has unique grilles for each trim, the Expedition will also feature distinctive styling for some of its newest trims — including a new twin-spar mesh grille with chrome accents for the Platinum trim.

Timberline trim gets high-output engine

Ford previously announced the off-road Timberline would be coming to the Explorer, and now we know this trim will be a big part of the Expedition lineup as well. In addition to special trim-specific looks, the Expedition Timberline will get Ford’s high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, which will add oomph to the Expedition with 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

Ford is calling the Expedition Timberline the most off-road capable Expedition ever, which makes sense since it boasts 10.6-inches of ground clearance.

It will also receive Trail Turn Assist, which is borrowed from the Ford Bronco. This means sharper and better turning angles for the trails. The Expedition Timberline will also borrow the transfer case from the F-150 Raptor and will sit on 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires.

We wonder if Ford will take the Wrangler name off these tires as it did with the exact same tires for the Bronco.

Ford Expedition goes Stealth

The 2022 Expedition gets a new package, and it’s pretty cool. The Stealth Edition Performance Package will also get Ford’s high-output EcoBoost engine and match the Timberline’s power output.

This package will be available on Expedition Limited and Limited MAX, and it sports gloss-black features including grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate and fog lamp bezels as well as headlamp and taillamp housings.

Another distinctive feature will be the red brake calipers that sit behind 22-inch premium black aluminum wheels. There will also be new black Ford oval emblems, which are sweet looking. The Expedition and Limited badging will be black as well.

Ford Blue Cruise and Sync 4

Sync 4 is Ford’s best iteration of its ever-evolving and ever-improving infotainment system. It is currently in the Ford F-150 and the Mustang Mach-E and will now be part of the 2022 Expedition. That, in and of itself, is enough to get excited about, but the Expedition will be chockfull of other exciting technology.

Ford’s hands-free driving technology is called Blue Cruise. And it will be available on the Expedition Platinum initially.

The Sync 4 system is standard across all trims with a 12.4-inch, high-definition digital cluster. However, an optional Sync 4A system with 15.5-inch high-definition touch display will be available on the Expedition for an up-charge.

You can expect other technological niceties such as a 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system as well as a 360-degree surround sound, which is available on Expedition King Ranch, Platinum, Stealth Performance Edition Package and Timberline models.

Driver-Assist Technology

Sensor-based technology is something I’m always interested in. As more of this technology permeates the industry, we inch closer to autonomy. That may scare some and annoy others, but personally, I want as much technology as possible, especially if it makes a vehicle the size of the Expedition safer and easier to maneuver.

Good thing the 2022 Expedition gets loads of new driver-assist technology. Here are the highlights of those features:

  • Road Edge Detection: This feature engages the steering system to help you maintain your position in the lane on roads with a visible line or a clear edge.
  • Intersection Assist: Intersection Assist uses the front camera and radar sensors to detect oncoming traffic while you are attempting to turn left. If there’s a risk of a potential collision with an oncoming vehicle, your vehicle can alert you and apply the brakes.
  • Reverse Brake Assist: Backing out of parking spaces often puts drivers in situations with limited visibility, so this feature senses oncoming pedestrians and vehicles, alerts the driver, and automatically brakes if the vehicle is at risk of a collision.
  • Evasive Steering Assist: This available feature can help make it easier to potentially avoid a collision. It doesn’t steer for you, but it can provide extra steering support if the system’s warning goes off and you need to maneuver around the vehicle ahead.
  • Active Air Dam: This available new feature improves aerodynamics, deploying at speeds above 40 mph then automatically retracting at lower speeds for city driving and parking.

Bottom line on 2022 Ford Expedition

While everyone awaits the Bronco’s arrival in mass and looks to the arrival of a V-8-power Ford F-150 Raptor, it’s nice to see Ford drop an upgraded and attractive Expedition on us. This is a growing and vital segment for every automotive manufacturer, and the competition is stiff.

Clearly, Ford has its sights set on some very big competitors with the improvements it has made to its full-size SUV.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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