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2022 Ford Explorer ST lineup

2022 Ford Explorer ST lineup expands to include a rear-wheel-drive-only offering, delivering more on-road handling performance for ST enthusiasts; four-wheel-drive remains available for customers whose adventures take on varying terrains.

Performance upgrades also coming to King Ranch® and Platinum series models courtesy of a standard 400-horsepower powertrain; other updates include standard Technology Package on King Ranch and Platinum and updated XLT Sport Appearance Package.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 20, 2021: For Explorer customers who want on-road performance – as well as, those who are more drawn to style – Ford is expanding the Explorer ST lineup with two new choices for the 2022 model year – the new Explorer ST rear-wheel-drive model and the new Explorer ST-Line series.

Now, in its sixth generation, Ford Explorer continues to build on its strengths in the highly competitive mid-size SUV segment. Ford Performance’s Explorer ST model accounts for nearly one in five 2021 Explorer sales, and expanded lineup gives customers even more options, whether they desire the on-road performance of rear-wheel-drive or the performance-inspired style without maximum Explorer ST performance.

Jeff Marentic, Ford marketing manager, said: “We’ve taken Explorer, already the all-time best-selling SUV*, and given our customers the chance to put the emphasis on the things they value most. For on-road performance and styling, our new rear-wheel-drive Explorer ST and new Explorer ST-Line are specifically designed to appeal to new customer groups with different adventure needs.”

The new Explorer ST family models join the adventure-ready Explorer Timberline – the most off-road-capable Explorer ever – in the 2022 Explorer lineup.

For driving enthusiasts, Explorer ST now available as rear-wheel-drive-only

Looking to give on-road performance SUV drivers more options, 2022 Explorer ST comes standard with rear-wheel-drive; four-wheel-drive is available. The vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine which produces 400 horsepower and 415lb-ft of torque** and a ten-speed automatic transmission.

Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer Marketing Manager, said: “No two SUV drivers use their vehicles the same way, so our goal is to meet the needs of as many as possible. Four-wheel-drive capability is great if you need it, but if you don’t, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. These changes to the Explorer lineup were guided by what our customers told us they wanted.”

ST-Line expands to Explorer for 2022

Explorer ST-Line – like the Edge ST-Line which joined the Ford SUV lineup in 2020 – is positioned between XLT and Limited, with various appearance and technology upgrades to stand apart in the showroom. The model is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform with four-wheel-drive capability and is powered by the most popular Explorer powertrain, a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and ten-speed automatic transmission.

Designed for Drivers who favor the performance-inspired appearance of the ST brand, but do not require its full power and capability: Explorer ST-Line comes with a starting MSRP which is $7,570 less than Explorer ST and $2,575 less than Explorer Enthusiast ST.

From the outside, Explorer ST-Line mirrors a fully-equipped Explorer ST. It rides on 20-inch machined aluminum wheels and wears ST-inspired features such as a blacked-out grille, fascia-integrated dual exhaust tips, gloss-black “EXPLORER” hood badging, and unique black-out treatment for headlamps and taillamps.

The interior is designed to provide the feel of performance while surrounding the customer with the latest technologies. Explorer ST-Line customers will find Ebony Black ActiveX-trimmed seats with Miko inserts, heated first-row seats, heated sport-style steering wheel, and red accent stitching throughout. Available premium technology features include 12-speaker B&O® sound system, wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 360-degree camera. There is also Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology†† including Evasive Steering Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and voice-activated navigation. Additional touches include ST-Line scuff plates and premium floor mats.

Newcombe said: “The ST brand has been very well received by Explorer customers since it arrived two years ago. With the addition of Explorer ST-Line, Explorer will offer the broadest performance-inspired lineup in the segment.”  

Other customer-driven upgrades across the Explorer lineup include:

  • New standard 400-horsepower powertrain for Explorer King Ranch® and Explorer Platinum
  • Pick your second-row seat: Customers have a choice of a second-row bench seat or captain’s chairs at no additional charge
  • Standard Technology Package on King Ranch and Platinum models includes ten-inch touch screen, multi-contour seats and 14-speaker B&O sound system
  • Second-row bench-seat option on Timberline models
  • New seat trim on XLT Sport Appearance Package features Ebony seat bolsters with Light Slate inserts
  • Two new exterior colors are Stone Blue and Burgundy Velvet.

2022 Explorer models – including Explorer ST, Explorer ST-Line, and Explorer Timberline – are due in showrooms later this year. For more information, visit www.Ford.com/Explorer.

*Based on IHS Markit, 1946-Current US Total New Cumulative Registrations, for all vehicles identified as SUVs.

*‘*Horsepower and torque ratings based on premium fuel per SAE J1349® standard. Your results may vary. Horsepower and torque are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.

Taxes, title, and license fees extra.

††Driver-assist features do not replace the driver’s attention, judgement, and need to control the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.