These days, it’s a 4 × 4 tour and Camping car It became more popular than ever. And if you don’t know it by scrolling through Instagram, the recent influx of off-road vehicles – from Hi-tech electric pickup trucks To recreate classics like Broncos – that would give you another powerful hint. Today, Ford She added another SUV ready for the trail To its lineup: 2021 Explorer Timberline. Although it’s just a new, extended package for the current Explorer (and not an entirely new vehicle), it does include some important upgrades for exploring back roads and fairways.
The Explorer Timberline includes major upgrades to the Explorer’s standard powertrain and suspension that make it more dock-able – although it may not be as capable as a popular SUV like the Jeep Wrangler. Under the hood, the Timberline features Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost, a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque; In addition, it is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with 4WD. Unlike its stable mates, the Timberline gets a Torsen-style limited-slip rear differential, which reduces wheel slip on loose terrain by sending force to the wheel with the most traction. This is an important mechanical upgrade, and it should give the new Explorer a distinct off-road advantage.
The Timberline also comes with some suspension and underbody modifications. It uses the same heavy-duty shock absorbers found in the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer, and it rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels with heavy all-terrain tires. Ford has also outfitted skid plates to protect the engine, transmission and other components from rocks and scratches. Compared to the standard Explorer, Ford states that the Timberline rides about 0.8 inches higher, giving it a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.
To put that into perspective, the two-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has a distance of 10.8 inches, according to Car driver. Timberline won’t make a good rock crawler, but it definitely can get you, your friends, and your gear to your favorite camping site.
The Tthe Explorer Timberline features some notable aesthetic and interior improvements as well. Ford introduces it in a new “Forged Green Metallic” exterior color with revised front and rear fascias, Timberline badging, and black headlight trims. We think it looks particularly sharp paired with red accents along the front bumper and red painted tow hooks. It also comes with a matching green interior with fabric accessories on the seats and rubber floor mats that are easy to clean – always a plus when spending time in places with a lot of dirt.
It’s 2021, so Timberline is also packed with technology to help you keep rubber on the road. You’ll find a host of safety and driver assistance features, including a seven-mode Terrain Management system (with settings to run through snow and deep sand), Hill Descent Control (to maintain a steady speed on challenging slopes), and a front-facing camera, useful for navigation. In narrow paths And the Parallel parking is outside your local coffee shop. Now that’s the variety.
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