Between the revival of the Bronco and the Bronco Sport, Ford is on an off-roading kick. The company is continuing its trend with a new variant of the popular Explorer dubbed the Explorer Timberline. The Timberline offers a rugged appearance and some unique hardware for the family that likes to take to the dirt.
Often times automakers will slap some off-road badge on the side of and SUV and call it good. Ford has taken a more holistic approach with the Explorer Timberline, which is obvious at first glance. The Timberline adds a unique grille design that almost has a spiritual connection to the F-150 Raptor grille. The front and rear lower fascia designs are also unique, while black 18-inch wheels complete the look.
A deeper look shows that this off-road option goes beyond skin-deep. The Explorer Timberline offers .8″ of additional ground clearance, thanks in part to borrowing the heavy-duty suspension setup typically reserved for the police car version. Additionally, thicker sidewalls on the tires are adding a bit of height. Standard skid plates and the unique fascias are also positively impacting approach and departure angles.
Of course, the Timberline trim includes all-wheel drive as standard fare. The AWD system is also paired with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, unique to the Timberline model. Drivers can adjust the AWD system and other variables with Ford’s Terrain Management system, which is found on other iterations of the Explorer as well.
Explorer Timberline features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Timberline also features a standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.
The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available for order now and will begin arriving in dealerships this summer.