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2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Coming This Summer

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Coming This Summer

The Ford Explorer is one of my favourite SUVs. It’s big but not brash, comfortable but not like a gentleman’s club, stylish but not a pretender. In fact, it’s everything I want from an SUV. The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline even more so.

 

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is coming this summer and I like what I see.

 

The Explorer is Ford’s second best-selling vehicle in Canada and I think the Timberline may seek the number 1 spot. It’s a rugged, off road looking SUV that turns those handsome looks of the original up a notch.

 

Timberline

 

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is what SUVs were originally envisioned to be. Go anywhere, do anything vehicles that were as comfortable off road as they are on the road.

 

The vast majority of SUVs never even get their tires dirty but the new Timberline will actively encourage you to do just that.

 

The design reduces chrome everywhere, which is always a good move. It uses body coloured trim and panels with only a slight red trim and a metal bash plate under the engine.

 

Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires are present on black wheels to look the part and help grip when things get slippy.

 

There are also unique tow hooks and fog lights up front with lights in the grille to complement the look.

 

Inside the Timberline

 

The interior trim is coloured to match the green exterior. There’s two tone trim with dark materials, green and some silver elements in the centre console. Contrasting orange stitching keeps things interesting.

 

You’ll get wipe clean ActiveX upholstery, rubber floor liners, heated seats and steering wheel and lots of space for passengers and gear.

 

The Timberline also comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 and Co-Pilot360 Assist+ safety technology with a 360 camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, speed sign recognition, lane centring, evasive steering assist and voice activated navigation.

 

Below the Timberline

 

Under the skin is a set of heavy duty shocks, higher ride height, upgraded dampers, springs and stabilizer bars plus an uprated steering rack.

 

The Timberline also has Torsen limited-slip rear differential at the rear and all wheel drive as standard. The Terrain Management System provides 7 drive modes including Trail and Deep Snow/Sand, both of which should be ideal for going off piste.

 

Under the hood is a 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. It will use Ford’s ubiquitous 10 speed automatic transmission to power all wheels.

 

The changes aren’t revolutionary but they manage to deliver a completely different SUV than the standard Explorer. This is one I would be more than happy to drive and own and is eminently suited to what an SUV is supposed to be.

 

The order books for the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline are open now. Register your interest at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.

 

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