Ford Expedition Timberline Off-Grid Concept Is Ready for Expeditions Near Timberlines10/11/2021
Ford has decked out a 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline model to show off the overlanding potential of its newest, largest off-road SUV. The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept vehicle first drew eyeballs at the Overland Expo East at Oak Ridge Estates in Arrington, Virginia. It’ll also be on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The factory Expedition Timberline is not quite the F-150 Raptor SUV that adventurous families—well, specifically, fun parents—would undoubtedly clamor over (and maybe even sell their firstborn for, depending on the day), but it’s more than a paint and sticker trim package. It has many of the Raptor’s underbody skidplates (including the Raptor’s signature front skidplate) and the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 440 hp (10 hp shy of the Raptor spec) and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Also onboard? Trail Turn Assist like the Bronco 4×4 gets, where the electronics can drag the brake on an inside wheel to help pivot the rig around a tight bend in a trail; an electronic locking rear differential; seven selectable drive modes; unique front and rear fascias for better approach and departure angles; and a best-in-class 10.6 inches of ground clearance.
So, What’s With the Off-Grid Part?
The Off-Grid concept Expedition Timberline adds wheels, tires, suspension, a wrap, a factory-available transmission shield, and all the overland gear imaginable to the Timberline recipe. All are fairly basic mods that many off-road enthusiasts might tackle on their own, and we can all dream a little about the matching off-road overlanding trailer Ford added to its build.
Specifically, the Off-Grid Expedition Timberline concept incorporates a 2-inch lift courtesy of remote reservoir Fox Performance Elite Series 2.5-inch shocks with Dual Speed Compression adjusters. Note that a factory Expedition Timberline is not lifted, but has off-road-enhanced springs and sway bars and off-road-tuned steering. The factory 265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrains (measuring 33-inches) on 18-inch black aluminum wheels with laser-engraved Timberline logos have been ditched in favor of 17-inch Method Race Wheels with 35-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires.
As for lighting, the Off-Grid concept runs a plethora of Rigid lights for optimal lighting in the pitch-black wilderness: A 50-inch light bar sits above the windshield, a 20-inch light bar lives below grille, side shooter cube lights perch atop the hood, and spotlights lurk within the wheel wells and liftgate.
Various dealer-available accessories complete the overland Expedition Timberline concept, most notably the Thule Tepui Explorer rooftop tent and Overland Vehicle Systems’ Nomadic 180-degree awning. A Wild Land portable privacy room shower provides some personal space where there otherwise is none.
Inside, a custom Luno camping mattress sits atop a EZ STAK custom aluminum dual storage drawer unit in the rear. Luno Base Extender window shades, a Clarios AMG battery, and a portable USB fan also add to the interior’s comfort while camping. A glimpse of the cockpit reveals the 15.5-inch center touchscreen.
Visually, a CG Detroit custom topographic wrap hides the factory Timberline’s Deep Cyprus Green paint. The custom wrap extends to the Turtleback Expedition Series Trailer, which has matching Method wheels and Grabber all-terrains.
The off-road trailer is a goldmine of overlanding accessories, containing a two-burner propane stove, a deep-well sink, a pair of drop-down tables, a 42-gallon water tank, a six-gallon water heater, an external shower hookup, a pancake propane tank, a refrigerator, and a 100-watt solar panel. It also carries a spare tire, spare fuel, a bicycle, a canoe, recovery boards, and undoubtedly more gear stuffed in every nook and cranny than we could possibly spot without spending a weekend with it. The trailer could be a good test of the Expedition Timberline’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist version 2.0, which uses cameras instead of spotting sticker on the trailer.
Leaving civilization with the whole family has never been easier, and now, creating your own modded Expedition Timberline is just as easy, now that Ford has laid out a blueprint for would-be owners.
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