2022 Ford Explorer: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - June 14, 2021

Model Preview

In 2020, the Ford Explorer went through a significant redesign that sent it back to its rear-wheel-drive roots and giving it a more rugged look and feel. We saw a few updates in its second year, including a new hybrid variant and an off-road-tuned Timberland model. With this model still fresh, we expect the 2022 Explorer to be a carryover.

Visually, the new Explorer is more upright and rugged than the previous generation, signaling its mild shift back to its traditional SUV roots. That said, it hasn’t gone full-on rugged SUV, it still boasts a sleek nose, approachable body lines, and an overall crowd-pleasing design. This design is expected to carry on unchanged in the 2022 Ford Explorer.

Inside, the crowd-pleasing continues with a simple but eloquent seven-passenger cabin with plenty of soft-touch materials and available wood trim and leather. There are also tasteful uses of metallic trim, but nothing is over the top. We expect this cabin to remain the same in the 2022 Explorer.

The current Explorer’s standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, cloth seating, a pair of USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more. We expect this to remain the same in the 2022 Explorer.

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The 2022 Ford Explorer has a trio of engine options, starting with a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit. The ST and Platinum trims bump up to a 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that zips this big people hauler to 60 mph in under six seconds. The Limited and Platinum trims have an optional hybrid powertrain that pairs a 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor for 318 hp and 28 miles per gallon combined. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2022 Explorer.

The 2021 Ford Explorer is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its “Good” crash test ratings across the board, “Acceptable” headlights, and “Superior”-rated standard automatic emergency braking. Buyers can further upgrade the Explorer’s safety gear with options lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and more. We expect these safety features to remain the same in the 2022 Explorer.

Pricing & Release Date

There’s no official on-sale date for the 2022 Explorer yet, but based on previous years’ schedules, we expect a fall 2021 arrival.

The 2022 Explorer’s pricing also remains unclear. However, with no big changes coming, we expect it to remain close to the current model’s MSRP range of $34,170 to $55,845 (destination fees included).

This midsize SUV will compete with the Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Honda Pilot.

Pictured: 2021 Ford Explorer

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