’22 Ford Expedition borrows Bronco feature to gain off-road cred

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Two new models of Ford’s big Expedition SUV add a more powerful engine for the 2022 model year, and one delivers an off-roading feature borrowed from the hot-selling Bronco.

The Expedition Timberline and Stealth Performance models are rolling into dealerships now.

Prices start at $69,695 for the off-road-focused Expedition Timberline.

The Stealth Performance package emphasizes sporty looks, with gloss black grille, mirror caps, running boards, red brake calipers and 22-inch black aluminum wheels. It’s a $9,800 option on the Expedition Limited, for a starting price of $74,095. Prices for the 2022 Expedition start at $52,620.

All prices come from Edmunds.com and Ford. They exclude $1,795 in destination charges and the markups some dealers are charging due to COVID-19-related vehicle shortages. 

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The 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline is surprisingly capable off road, despite its bulk.

I recently spent a day driving both, including taking the Expedition Timberline off-road at the popular Holly Oaks ORV park north of Detroit.

They both feature a high-output version of Ford’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that produces 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard. All Timberlines have four-wheel drive, while Stealth Performance offers rear- and four-wheel drive.

The Expedition has been on sale since the 1997 model year. The current model went on sale as a 2018 model. The Timberline and Stealth Performance models joined the lineup for 2022.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer helped boost revenue at Stellantis in the first quarter of 2022.

Target: Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Timberline clearly targets the popular new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, the first SUVs from the legendary SUV brand that’s big enough to compete directly with Ford’s Expedition.

Big SUVs like the 210-inch-long Expedition and 221.9-inch Expedition Max don’t get used off-road as much as smaller vehicles like the Bronco. Towing is more likely to be the make-or-break feature for their well-heeled owners, many of whom haul boats, campers and horse trailers. The Timberline’s EPA fuel economy estimate is 16 mpg in the city, 19 on the highway and 17 in combined driving.

The Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are 214.7 inches long.

The new Expedition models claim several wins versus the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer:

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