Ford Expedition towards new adventures

When it comes to performance, the Timberline Expedition shares the same high-output engine that powers the new F-150 Raptor. It’s a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 developing 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft. of torque. Anything resembling a Raptor gets high marks from me and putting such performance into a large SUV is intriguing.

With this powerful engine, the Expedition is exhilarating. The 10-speed automatic transmission does an excellent job of keeping pace with the high-output engine. Taking inspiration from the Ford Bronco, Ford adds Trail Turn Assist to the Expedition Timberline, this feature allows for hairpin turns and a tighter turning radius.

Although I never took the Expedition off the road, it was noticeably more nimble and nimble, even on the street. The improvement in the turning radius was immediately noticeable.

Inside, the Timberline Expedition continues with the standout features, with Timberline badging found throughout the interior. Orange piping matches the interior with stitching on the seat and a clean line that runs across the dash to tie it all together.

A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, but my tester came with a massive 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen equipped with Ford’s new Sync 4 system. This is the latest and most improved version of Ford’s infotainment system. It looks and feels modern and some think it’s too dominant on the center console, but personally I felt that’s how vehicles will look in the future and appreciated all the new technologies provided with Sync 4 as well as easy smartphone integration.

The second-row captain’s chairs were roomy and offered immense leg and shoulder room. The optional bench seat adds capacity for one more passenger, as a seven-passenger SUV the Expedition is comfortable.

There’s 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats and that area expands to 79.6 cubic feet with the third row down. Total cargo space is 121.5 cubic feet of space with the second-row seats also folded flat.

Ford is targeting the Expedition Timberline at the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. This new entry into the full-size SUV segment has been a game-changer and it’s Ford’s response. The Timberline is priced competitively against the Jeep with a base price of $68,150. My tester came with additional gear sets that brought the final MSRP to $77,370.

Fuel economy is what you would expect from a vehicle of this size. It has an EPA rating of 15 mpg/city and 19 mpg/highway. For a high-performance off-road vehicle that weighs nearly two tons (5,668 pounds), that’s about as good as expected in terms of fuel economy.

The Expedition can tow 12,800 pounds without the tow package and with the heavy-duty tow package it can tow 15,300 pounds.

I was at the M1 Concourse when Ford unveiled the Expedition Timberline. I was immediately intrigued by how it looked and what it would mean for this segment. Before, these big SUVs were slow but capable. The styling lacked pizzazz, now thanks to the landing craze the whole segment is revitalized and the Expedition Timberline represents the excitement within this segment. And this is a victory for the consumer.

Jimmy Dinsmore is a freelance automotive journalist. Email him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @driversside

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline

Price/Price as tested………………………………………….. …… … $68,150/$77,370

Mileage………………………………………… 15 mpg/city; 19 mpg/highway

Engine………………………………………… 3.5 liters turbocharged V6

Power ……………………………. 440 hp / 510 lb/ft.

Gearbox ………………………. 10-speed automatic

Drive wheels …………….Four wheel drive

Final assembly point ……………. Louisville, KY

With a capable engine, the 2022 Ford Expedition is exhilarating. The 10-speed automatic transmission does an excellent job of keeping pace with the high-output engine. Photo added

With a capable engine, the 2022 Ford Expedition is exhilarating. The 10-speed automatic transmission does an excellent job of keeping pace with the high-output engine. Photo added

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