- the 2021 ford explorer is adding a rugged trim level called timberline.
- it features a lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, and a few visual changes inside and out.
- the timberline starts at $47,010 and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
ford already has many names meant to indicate a rugged attitude—tremor, raptor, bronco, badlands—and the 2021 ford explorer is adding another to that list with its new timberline trim level. this model includes a few mechanical upgrades and an outdoorsy appearance, with standard all-wheel drive, a lifted suspension, and all-terrain tires, among other features.
looks-wise, the timberline has a different grille, red tow hooks, front and rear skid plates, and 18-inch wheels. it’s also offered in a new forged green color, pictured here. there’s a bit of extra off-road capability in play thanks to the 0.8-inch suspension lift, retuned springs, bridgestone dueler all-terrain tires, and a torsen limited-slip rear differential. ford says the timberline has the same upgraded shocks as the police interceptor version of the explorer, but with different tuning meant for off-road use.
the interior features stone mesh dashboard trim, cloth inserts for the seats, and various timberline logos that are shaped like a mountain range. standard features include heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
the explorer timberline is only offered with the suv’s base engine, a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four with 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. a towing package comes standard and ford claims a tow rating of 5300 pounds. various outfitter packages will be available and include accessories such as rubber floor mats and roof-rack crossbars.
with a starting price of $47,010, the timberline fits in price-wise between all-wheel-drive versions of the xlt and limited models within the explorer lineup. it’ll reach dealerships in the u.s. this summer.