Ford Debuts Two Performance Explorer Models for 2022

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn announced two additions to the 2022 model year Explorer ST lineup — the Explorer ST rear-wheel-drive model and the Explorer ST-Line series.
A Red Ford Explorer ST-Line against a forest background
The Ford Explorer ST-Line (pictured) will deliver the sport-driven design features of the Explorer ST rear-wheel-drive model to those who don’t require the power and performance it offers. // Courtesy of Ford

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn announced two additions to the 2022 model year Explorer ST lineup — the Explorer ST rear-wheel-drive model and the Explorer ST-Line series.

The sixth generation of the vehicle, the Explorer ST model enhances the on-road performance of the SUV, and the ST-Line series provides the sport-inspired look without maximum power.

“We’ve taken Explorer, already the all-time best-selling SUV, and given our customers the chance to put the emphasis on the things they value most,” says Jeff Marentic, marketing manager at Ford. “For on-road performance and styling, our new rear-wheel-drive Explorer ST and new Explorer ST-Line are specifically designed to appeal to new customer groups with different adventure needs.”

The Explorer ST has four-wheel drive available and comes standard with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque, and offers a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The ST-Line is positioned between the XLT and Limited versions and come with various appearance and technology upgrades, along with available four-wheel drive. This version comes with a 2.3-liter, 300 horsepower EcoBoost engine under the hood and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

This model is designed for drivers who prefer the performance-inspired design of the ST brand, but don’t require the full power and capability it provides.

“The ST brand has been very well received by Explorer customers since it arrived two years ago,” says Lee Newcombe, marketing manager for the Ford Explorer. “With the addition of Explorer ST-Line, Explorer will offer the broadest performance-inspired lineup in the segment.”

The ST interior features Ebony Black ActiveC-trimmed seats with Miko inserts, heated first row seats, heated sport-style steering wheel, and red accent stitching throughout. Available technology upgrades include a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 360-degree camera.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology is also available, which includes evasive steering assist, intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and voice-activated navigation.

Other upgrades across the Explorer lineup include:

  • New standard 400-horsepower powertrain for Explorer King Ranch and Explorer Platinum.
  • Customers have a choice of a second-row bench seat or captain’s chairs at no additional charge.
  • Standard technology package on King Ranch and Platinum models includes 10.1-inch touch screen, multi-contour seats, and a 14-speaker B&O sound system.
  • Second-row bench seat option on Timberline models
  • New seat trim on XLT sport appearance package features Ebony seat bolsters with Light Slate inserts.
  • Two new exterior colors are Stone Blue and Burgundy Velvet.

2022 Explorer models, including Explorer ST, Explorer ST-Line, and Explorer Timberline, are due in showrooms later this year. For more information, visit here.