Article by CAA Quebec
Fuel is expensive! You may be spending thousands of dollars a year on gas. And unfortunately, there’s no relief in sight. Not to worry though: There are a few simple tricks you can do to save a little (or a lot!). Follow them consistently and you could seriously save hundreds of dollars a year.
Become an eco driver
- Accelerate gently. Revving your engine wastes a lot of gas. The ideal rate of acceleration is 20 km/h every 5 seconds.
- Slow down. Driving at 100 km/h instead of 120 km/h consumes 20% less fuel.
- Drive at a steady speed. Acceleration burns a lot of fuel, even at higher speeds. For instance, fluctuating between 75 km/h and 85 km/h every 18 seconds can lead to a 20% increase in fuel consumption. We recommend using cruise control on the highway.
- Go easy on the pedals. Abrupt starts and hard braking reduce travel time by only 4% but increase fuel consumption by 39% (source: Natural Resources Canada).
- Keep your distance. Leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you so you don’t have to react suddenly. This also helps you avoid braking and accelerating for no reason.
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Worried about credit? Don’t be!
Matt answers some frequently asked questions about credit challenges and purchasing a vehicle. You can read or watch Matt answer the questions.
1) What is the best approach to take if I have credit challenges and I’m looking to purchase a vehicle?
It is always best to be upfront about one’s credit. At this time, I can have you sit down with my financial services manager and they can submit a pre-approval to let you know where you stand. By submitting a pre-approval to the bank we will find out which interest rate you will qualify for, how much a month the bank will advance you for a car loan, as well as how long you will be able to finance a vehicle. With this information, we can choose a vehicle that fits your needs, the approval, and your budget.
2) Can I trade my vehicle if I have a high-interest auto loan?
You can definitely trade in your vehicle when you have a high-interest auto loan. The good news is that you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate as long as you have had good payment history on your current auto loan. We will take your vehicle on trade and pay off your current loan getting you into the newer vehicle you want.
3) Can I get an auto loan when I have filed bankruptcy and entered into a consumer proposal?
A lot of people believe that they are not able to get into a loan after filing bankruptcy or when they are in a consumer proposal. We are still able to help you. Sometimes the bank will require some information from your trustee in order to proceed. Entering into an auto loan will help rebuild your credit while satisfying your needs for a newer vehicle.
4) What if I have no credit, can I still get a loan?
We can get you approved if you have no credit. Now you might need someone that can co-sign for you. This will allow you to get a lower interest rate while allowing you to build your credit at the same time.
|Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. – 2021 Full Year-Over-Year Highlights: Ford|
Ford is the best-selling auto brand in Canada for the 13th consecutive year
Ford is the best-selling automaker in Canada for the sixth consecutive year
Ford F-Series is the best-selling pickup in Canada for the 56th consecutive year
Ford F-Series is the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the 12th consecutive year
Ford sales up 1.7%, driven by trucks and SUVs
Ford Escape sales up 9.3%
Ford Explorer sales up 1.0%
Ford Ranger sales up 3.3%
Ford E-Series sales up 9.5%
New Vehicles (Bronco, Bronco Sport, Maverick, Mustang Mach-E) combine for more than 21,000 units sold
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. – Q4 Year-Over-Year Highlights:Ford
Ford sales up 18.9%, driven by trucks and SUVs
Ford F-Series sales up 17.8%
Ford F-150 sales up 23.3%
Ford F-Series Super Duty sales up 9.0%
Ford Explorer sales up 5.7%
Ford Expedition sales up 17.0%
Ford E-Series sales up 8.1%
OAKVILLE, Ont., January 5, 2022 – In another tumultuous year due to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, Ford of Canada rose to the peak of the automotive industry as the top-selling brand for the 13th consecutive year. Ford F-Series – which adds the all-new, all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning in 2022 – was once again the best-selling pickup and nameplate, marking 56 years in a row of truck leadership and 12 straight years as the top-selling vehicle in Canada. Consumers flocked to well-known vehicles like the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer and Ford Ranger, while also lining up for new standouts like the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, the iconic Ford Bronco, the rugged Ford Bronco Sport and the versatile Ford Maverick.
“With all of the challenges that faced Canadians in general, and our industry specifically, one thing remained true through 2021 – consumers continue to trust Ford to deliver the vehicles and services they are looking for more than any other automotive brand,” said Bev Goodman, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. “And we’re continuing to evolve and expand our offerings, with Canada’s first-ever standard hybrid pickup – the Ford Maverick – moving quickly on arrival at dealerships, the highly anticipated all-electric F-150 Lightning coming later this year, and the launch of Ford Pro – a new business dedicated to revolutionizing our commercial business to deliver even more value for our customers.”
Lincoln had a remarkable year, with sales up five per cent annually and 16 per cent for the fourth quarter. Lincoln Aviator had its best yearly sales on record, while Corsair and Navigator also posted gains, as the brand continues to redefine what luxury means to Canadians.
The Ford Maverick has finally started landing in Windsor/Essex County and Ken Knapp Ford got their first one.
Tate walks us through some of the Mavericks in the video below.
If you enjoyed the walkthrough and want to read our five favourite things about the Ford Maverick you can click HERE.
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 8, 2021 – Built for more extreme adventures, Ford today debuts the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept vehicle in conjunction with the Overland Expo East in Arrington, Virginia. The one-off model is based on the new 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline series, the most off-road-capable Expedition ever.
The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept is upfitted with proven names in off-road hardware and off-road accessories to help adventurers confidently trek to hard-to-reach mountainside trailheads, remote lakes and distant desert dunes.
“The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept provides a futuristic view of how family adventurers can potentially get even more out of an Expedition Timberline, including the absolute best mobile basecamp,” said Robert Varto, program manager of the concept.
Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept
Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept is focused on multi-day off-roading functionality and ease-of-use. Most noticeable is the SUV’s raised stance, custom DeeZee Rock Rail Hoop Steps and unmistakable CG Detroit custom topographic wrap over factory Forged Green exterior paint.
The 2022 Ford Expedition has the best available ground clearance in its class at 10.6 inches, and the concept adds another two inches with custom FOX® Performance Elite Series 2.5-inch shocks with Dual Speed Compression™ adjusters and remote reservoirs front and rear. In addition, 17-inch Method Race Wheels® with Bead Grip® technology are wrapped with 35-inch General Grabber™ all-terrain tires.
To ensure the best mobile campsite, the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept leverages Ford’s Outfitter collection with dealer-available accessories. These include a Thule Tepui Explorer tent with crossbars that attach to its roof rails, a factory-available transmission shield, Overland Vehicle Systems’ Nomadic 180-degree awning that easily pulls out to help protect adventurers from the elements, and a Wild Land portable privacy room shower.
Illuminating the trail and the campsite at night, a 50-inch Rigid® light bar is mounted above the windshield with an additional Rigid 20-inch light bar below the grille, while D-SS Rigid side shooter cube lights are installed atop the hood. Rigid spotlights mounted within the wheel wells and liftgate further illuminate those areas. The flip of a switch turns the lights red for stargazers.
The interior of the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept reveals an EZ STAK® custom aluminum dual storage drawer unit that sits under a custom Luno® camping mattress with room for two. To make sleeping in the concept vehicle even more comfortable, Luno also provides a concept-specific Base Extender™, window shades and portable USB fan. And to ensure this concept vehicle can handle electric loads needed at off-the-grid campsites, a Clarios AGM battery specifically designed for vehicles supporting the most demanding applications.
With a Turtleback Expedition Series Trailer™, the largest trailer in the Turtleback lineup, the capability of the Expedition Timberline concept vehicle is further extended in the wilderness. The trailer matches the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept with Method brand wheels and Grabber all-terrain tires. It’s designed to hold additional gear for an extended cross-country trip, including a two-burner propane stove and deep-well sink, a pair of drop-down tables, 42-gallon water tank and six-gallon water heater with external shower hookup, plus pancake propane tank. Additional available options include a refrigerator and a 100-watt solar panel.
Our salesperson Don Harris answers your FAQs on ordering a vehicle. You can watch him below or read the transcript!
How do you start the order process?
Now that you’re ready to order your vehicle, we will go over the different options that are available. Talk about the different trim levels, features you want and I may ask you a couple of questions to make sure that we don’t miss any options that are important to you.
Are there any extra fees associated with ordering?
When we submit your ordered vehicle it gets locked it into what is called “price protection” by Ford. So everything we talk about as far as the programs going on at the time of order, the different deals, will be protected no matter when your vehicle comes in.
The vehicle price whether you are buying a stock one or buying one from an order, will
work out the same for that program.
What if the vehicle gets here and it’s not what I thought it would be or I don’t like it?
When you put in an order we always want to go over and make sure we are covering all the bases. We will confirm the features, the colour and make sure it’s going to do what you want too. Make sure it fits the right number of passengers, the proper towing capability if needed, there are a lot of things we try to go over.
Now I can’t say it has never happened where a vehicle comes in and it wasn’t exactly what they expected. In that case, we always have a conversion. We are not in the business to try to make someone take a car that is not going to work for them. There is usually a solution to that situation and it’s just a matter of figuring it out and going from there.
How long will it take for my order to come in?
Typically orders use to take 6-8 weeks and we could pretty much bank on that.
For your order now depending on which trim, which options, what year we are looking at,
there have been some delays.
So it is important for us to let you know there has to be some fluidness to the timeline. Our best guess right now is typically 3 months from order to when it arrives here. It’s not something we can promise right now because unfortunately there can be delays whether it be through shipping waits, the chip shortage and even parts shortages. There are a few things that can change the wait length.
If you have more questions about ordering or any concerns please contact your salesperson or us at 519-776-6447
- New Mustang Ice White Edition Appearance Package joins the Mustang family for the 2022 model year, giving customers of both Mustang Mach-E and Mustang coupe a new option to ice-out their pony car
- Available on Mustang Mach-E Premium, Mustang EcoBoost® Premium and Mustang GT Premium cars, package is highlighted by unique all-white styling features inside and out
- 2022 Mustang Ice White Edition is the first appearance package to be shared across the Mustang family on both Mustang Mach-E and Mustang coupe models
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 19, 2021 – Today in celebration of the Woodward Dream Cruise, Ford is taking a page out of its Mustang history book with the introduction of the new Mustang Ice White Edition Appearance Package for both Mustang coupe and Mustang Mach-E. This marks the first time in 28 years Ford is offering a white-on-white Mustang and the first time ever for the coupe.
“Mustang has always had the power to attract attention on the road, but the new Mustang Ice White Edition could – just like the original ’93 Triple White Fox body feature Mustang – become one of the hot collectibles of future generations,” said Jim Owens, Mustang brand marketing manager. “We are proud to continue a longstanding Mustang tradition of continuously offering fresh, new styling options for customers to empower them to make their Mustang an extension of who they are.”
The package is the first to be offered to both Mustang Mach-E and Mustang coupe customers.
Ice White Edition Mustang Mach-E
The 2021 Car and Driver EV of the Year, North American SUV of the Year and one of the hottest all-electric SUVs on the market will exclusively offer the new Mustang Ice White Edition Appearance Package on Mustang Mach-E Premium models.
Star White Metallic Tri-Coat paint includes unique Star White mirror caps and wheel lip moldings to ice-out the exterior. Front and center on the grille is an Oxford White pony badge, which also appears between the tri-bar taillamps. The package adds unique 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Oxford White-painted pockets.
Light Space Gray sets the cabin stage, appearing on the seats, center console and door-panel armrests. A Bright Silver hex-patterned instrument panel plus an Oxford White pony badge on the steering wheel add chill to the interior environment.
Orders for the 2022 Mustang Mach-E Ice White Edition open in the fall. The vehicle will be in showrooms early next year.
Ice White Edition Mustang Coupe
Reminiscent of the 1993 Triple White Fox body feature Mustang, the 2022 Mustang coupe Ice White Edition gives customers the option to add even more head-turning style to the world’s best-selling sports car1. Ford made just 1,500 Triple White Fox body feature Mustangs – all convertibles.
Available on Mustang EcoBoost® and GT Premium fastback models, the Mustang Ice White Edition comes lacquered exclusively in Oxford White and features unique iced-out taillamps, plus heritage-inspired 19×9-inch wheels in matching Oxford White with machine-surfaced pockets. Just like on the Ice White Edition Mustang Mach-E, the Ice White Mustang coupe comes with Oxford White pony badges and fender badging.
The black and white interior features Oxford White leather seat inserts front and rear, plus Oxford White leather door panels. An aluminum appliqué on the dash and white accent stitching on the center console, door panels, shifter boot, headrests and more add to the cool cabin environment.
Ice White Edition Appearance Package-equipped Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT Premium coupes arrive at dealers in early 2022.
The Ford line-up already had a lot to offer but there was a segment missing… enter, the 2022 Ford Maverick. The compact pickup truck is here for those of us that need truck functionality but great fuel economy and a city fit. Here are the things we loved about Ford’s newest model.
We are big fans of the Price and you should be too! 👀
The Ford Maverick is a small truck with a small price. Starting at $25,900 for an XL it has an appealing price for many buyers. You’d think at that price you would be missing some great standard features but you aren’t. The Maverick comes standard with an 8” infotainment center with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 2.5L Hybrid engine, and FordPass Connect (remote start on your phone). Even if you wanted the highest trim level to pack all the features you can, the Lariat starts at $34,540.
Truck functionality and great fuel economy? Sign me up. ⛽
Canada’s first standard Hybrid pick-up truck is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for seamless shifting. The 2.5L Hybrid engine has a targeted estimated 5.9 L/100 km city fuel consumption. That’s the kind of fuel economy we need in our lives.
It’s still a Ford truck. 💪
Don’t be mistaken this truck is still Built Ford Tough. The Maverick offers an exceptional, 1,500-lb. standard max payload capacity. Towing for the weekend has never been easier with a 2,000-lb. base towing capacity and an available 4,000-lb. max towing capacity.
The truck has a practical 4.5-ft. bed with Multi-Position Tailgate and available smart storage solutions to support all your big projects.
Plus, the Maverick lineup offers three capable, efficient and versatile trims so you can be sure to find the features that fit your lifestyle.
Great things come in small packages! 📦
The Maverick gives you the best of both worlds: compact on the outside, but still big enough on the inside to seat five and store all your stuff. Standard full hybrid and impressive manoeuvrability make getting around the city just as easy as escaping from it.
with a lot more great tech features coming to your truck via a Ford “Power-up” (Over-the-air update)
- Ford Power-Up software updates deliver regular vehicle enhancements to Ford owners, turning connected vehicle learnings into continuous quality improvements, new features and capabilities: Ford to produce 33 million vehicles with Power-Up capability by 2028
- Ford Power-Up enhancements already have been sent to more than 100,000 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E customers since late March; new Sketch for touchscreen drawing and simple gaming coming to Mustang Mach-E soon
- Ford Power-Up enhancements include what’s planned to be the industry’s broadest roll-out yet of the new, more seamless Amazon Alexa Built-in hands-free experience, offering complimentary access to key features for up to three years; companies plan to work together to deliver enhanced features and new commercial services over the next six years.
- Ford Power-Up software updates will deliver available BlueCruise hands-free highway driving technology for properly equipped F-150 and Mustang Mach-E vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich., May 13, 2021 – Settling in for a drive in an enhanced, upgraded vehicle will now become a regular experience for Ford owners as the company routinely delivers new features and improvements through its wireless software update technology called Ford Power-Up.
The first Ford Power-Up software updates for F-150 and Mustang Mach-E customers in North America began in March, accelerating a transformation well underway with more than 6 million vehicles on the road today featuring advanced, embedded modem connectivity. New vehicles equipped with Ford Power-Up capability identify customer preferences and vehicle issues, which Ford engineers then translate into quality and capability improvements delivered through Ford Power-Up enhancements.
“Software updates are common across billions of connected devices but not yet for vehicles. Ford Power-Up software updates will change that by quickly bringing it to millions of people,” says Alex Purdy, director, business operations, enterprise connectivity, Ford Motor Company. “We’ve invested in more seamless technology so updates can happen while you’re sleeping – making your next ride a better experience.”
A new fully networked, second-generation electrical architecture and advanced tech stack create the foundation to deliver unique Ford Power-Up software updates. These quick and easy wireless upgrades help enhance features, quality, experiences, capability and convenience. Capable of updating the vast majority of vehicle computer modules – more than 80 on higher end models – these upgrades can help improve the ownership experience and may help reduce the need for repair trips.
Many Ford Power-Up software updates will be virtually invisible to customers, enabled by a tech platform that installs much of the new software in the background. Many updates require little to no action by the customer, enabled by SYNC® 4 Technology that keeps current software running until the new version is ready to go.
For updates that require reboots, Ford invites customers to schedule them at convenient times, such as overnight. Some updates can be made in under two minutes1, while others may take longer. Unlike updates for devices such as laptops which often seem to come at inconvenient times, vehicle owners may not even notice that the installation occurred until the vehicle is started.
Amazon and Ford plan to expand relationship to create new features
Ford is prepping what’s planned to be the industry’s broadest rollout of the embedded Alexa hands-free experience to date, with complimentary connectivity to Alexa for up to three years2. This year alone, the same type of Alexa voice command functionality many people have in their homes will be wired to 700,000 Ford vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, followed by millions more over the next few years.
As part of a new strategic engagement between Amazon and Ford, the companies plan to work together to deliver enhanced features and new commercial services over the next six years. This includes exploring the development of the first custom Alexa skills for Ford commercial vehicles, using the power of Alexa artificial intelligence to help business owners and fleet managers stay in touch with their teams and increase productivity.
“We’re excited to work with Amazon to bring powerful new AI-enabled experiences to Ford customers,” says Purdy. “We believe in the power of teaming up with other innovators. Bringing Ford’s vehicle know-how together with Amazon’s technology expertise will deliver in-vehicle capabilities that help our retail customers travel more enjoyably and with ease, while helping our commercial customers operate more profitably.”
Alexa will initially be delivered through Ford Power-Up software updates beginning this fall for Bronco®, Edge, F-150, Mustang Mach-E and Super Duty® customers with SYNC 4 Technology in the U.S. and Canada, with other regions to follow.
“Democratizing technology and putting it within reach of millions of customers has been a part of Ford’s DNA dating back to the Model T, and our new collaboration is a continuation of that legacy,” says Ned Curic, vice president, Alexa Automotive. “We can’t wait for Ford customers to experience the best of what Alexa and voice AI can do while on the road – including new features and capabilities that will be delivered seamlessly through future over-the-air software updates. We love the vote of confidence from Ford to deepen our work together and continue making the driving experience more connected, entertaining, and productive.”
The support of Alexa on SYNC 4 represents the latest collaboration between Ford and Amazon. Ford first brought Alexa into its vehicles in 2017, starting with connected vehicle skills and then adding in-vehicle capabilities through the SYNC AppLink smartphone app, which is still available but no longer required for the new, more seamless capability. More information about how customers can set up an Alexa account will be shared closer to launch.
Inside their vehicle, Ford customers can ask Alexa to control smart home devices, place calls, locate parking and more. Alexa capabilities delivered through SYNC 4 Technology provide the convenience of hands-free, voice-initiated interactions – minimizing the need for drivers to view or touch screens and helping them keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Customers can interact with their vehicles naturally and say things like, “Alexa, find the closest gas station” or “Alexa, play my road trip playlist” or “Alexa, call Mom.”
Ford customers will be able to access the benefits of Amazon’s world-class voice AI and intelligent features both inside and outside their vehicle. Combined with the FordPass skill for Alexa3 – which customers can continue to use to control vehicle functions such as start/stop engine, lock and unlock doors4, check vehicle range or tire pressure all from the comfort of their home – Ford is bringing smart homes and connected vehicles closer together.
Powering up new features, quality
Over the last two months, 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E customers have begun receiving Ford Power-Up enhancements. Mustang Mach-E customers in North America and Europe soon will receive Sketch — also referred to as Notes in vehicle menus – for touchscreen drawing and simple gaming.
Ford Power-Up software updates will quickly expand to nearly all vehicle computer modules, enabling an update of Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology that adds BlueCruise5 hands-free highway driving to Intelligent Cruise Control. This will be delivered to properly equipped F-150 and Mustang Mach-E vehicles with additional software purchase later this year.
The company’s move to modernize its quality processes is already delivering results. Ford engineers used connected vehicle data to quickly identify issues with F-150 zone lighting. Ford also plans to address an issue with F-150 and Mustang Mach-E Android Auto connectivity by June.
Customers also will continue to receive new enhancements over the coming weeks, including:
- Remote Vehicle Setup and Trip Logs let new Mustang Mach-E customers use the FordPass™ app to set up profile preferences, including radio presets, in the cloud to be sent to vehicles, while trip logs track battery usage and other driving details on each trip.
- F-150 SYNC 4 and Mustang Mach-E SYNC 4A upgrades, including:
- Navigation enhancementsautomatically make helpful destination suggestions, plus new cloud connectivity combines conversational voice command recognition with internet-based search.
- Apple CarPlayÒ compatibilityenhancement to display turn-by-turn navigation in the vehicle’s instrument cluster6.
- Digital owner’s manual enhancements to continue making the innovative, paperless product guides even more valuable.
1 FordPass Connect (optional on select vehicles),] the Ford Pass App., and complimentary Connected Service are required for remote features (see FordPass Terms for details). Connected service and features depend on compatible AT&T network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features. Connected service excludes Wi-Fi hotspot.
2Alexa Built-In requires SYNC®4 and FordPass Connect (optional on select vehicles), complimentary connect service and the FordPass app (see FordPass Terms for details). Eligible 2021 vehicles receive a complimentary 3-year trial of Alexa Built-In that starts with the date customer accepts Ford Power-Up software update (after which fees may apply). Complementary3-year trial for 2022 model year vehicles begins with new vehicle warranty start date (after which fees may apply).
Connected service and features depend on compatible AT&T network availability. Evolving technology/cellular networks/vehicle capability may limit functionality and prevent operation of connected features.
FordPass App, compatible with select smartphone platforms, is available via a download. Message and data rates may apply.
3Requires FordPass™ Connect and FordPass Connect service
4Start/Stop engine requires automatic transmission; lock/unlock doors requires power door locks
5Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. BlueCruise t is a hands-free highway driving feature. Only remove hands from the steering wheel when in a Hands-Free Blue Zones. Always watch the road and be prepared to resume control of the vehicle. It does not replace safe driving. See Owner’s Manual for detail and limitations.
6Requires phone with active data service and compatible software. SYNC 4 does not control 3rd party products while in use. 3rd Parties are solely responsible for their respective functionality.
- Ford delivers on promise to offer more rugged, off-road-capable SUVs and trucks by introducing the new Explorer Timberline; the first Timberline series Ford SUV gives customers more capable off-road features for memorable weekend adventures with family and friends
- New 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is the most off-road-capable Explorer ever thanks to increased ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, steel skid plates, Torsen® limited-slip differential, Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires and new shocks, springs and stabilizer bars
- Explorer Timberline sports a functional, capable appearance with unique front and rear styling combined with three rows of seating for family and friends to explore more
DEARBORN, Mich., May 5, 2021 – Ford delivers on its promise to offer more rugged SUVs and trucks with the new Explorer Timberline – the most off-road-capable Explorer ever. The first Timberline series Ford SUV is designed to give customers more capable off-road features to enjoy weekend adventures with family and friends.
Explorer Timberline is the latest addition to America’s all-time best-selling SUV lineup. The seventh new rugged SUV or truck Ford has introduced since 2019, Explorer Timberline joins the all-new Bronco brand two- and four-door Bronco and Bronco Sport, all-new F-150 Raptor, and the Tremor lineup of Ford trucks – Ranger Tremor, F-150 Tremor and F-Series Super Duty Tremor.
“Ford is delivering on more capable SUVs with Timberline. Consumer data has shown us that now more than ever, customers want to get outside and explore nature with friends and family,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas & International Markets Group, Ford Motor Company. “Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an ideal combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability and great manners around town.”
Two consumer trends have come together to support the launch of the Timberline series. The first is the popularity of SUVs and the growing number of buyers who go off-roading. Over the last 10 years, SUVs have jumped from 36 percent to 55 percent of the U.S. market, with actual sales up from about 4.6 million units in 2011 to nearly 7.8 million in 2020. Ford Explorer owners report a 56 percent increase in off-road use over the last three years. Timberline will give customers more confidence and capability to get to their next adventure, whether it’s driving to their favorite fishing site or taking a detour off the beaten path.
The second key trend is data showing that people now participate in more outdoor activities and adventures than before the pandemic. Forty percent of all Americans surveyed say they have spent more time outdoors since the pandemic began.
For Explorer Timberline, its ability to handle off-road terrain starts with Ford’s standard intelligent four-wheel drive. This system automatically adjusts torque between the wheels based on conditions and driver inputs to deliver the best traction – providing pre-emptive torque before wheel slip occurs.
A new addition for Explorer Timberline is a Torsen® limited-slip rear differential, which automatically sends torque to the wheel with the best traction and prevents the other wheel from spinning to help keep the vehicle moving.
A standard Terrain Management System features seven drive modes – including Trail and Deep Snow/Sand – that drivers can opt for based on road or trail conditions. Standard Hill Descent Control allows the Explorer Timberline to maintain a constant speed between 2 and 12 mph, enabling drivers to focus on steering down uneven descents.
Explorer Timberline delivers on capability in the form of its standard steel skid plates. The underbody protection starts underneath the front, continues under the engine and transmission and through the rear – all to help protect key components and give customers more confidence while off-roading. Steering calibration, stabilizer bars and springs are specially tuned for Timberline – including an exclusive front rebound spring that helps prevent sudden jarring off-road.
Explorer Timberline raises the ride height 0.8 inch, thanks to a combination of more robust, off-road-capable heavy-duty shocks – originally developed for Explorer Police Interceptor – and high-sidewall Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires with a tread pattern that balances off-road traction and on-road quietness. This, along with unique front and rear fascias, results in an approach angle of 23.5 degrees and maximum departure angle of 23.7 degrees, plus minimum ground clearance of 8.7 inches for navigating unpaved roads and uneven trails.
Explorer Timberline features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For customers who need to tow RVs, ATVs and boats to their adventures, the standard Class III Trailer Tow Package brings 5,300 pounds of towing capability.
Bolder, more capable appearance
Explorer Timberline launches in a new Forged Green Metallic exterior color. All models feature blackout treatment around the headlamps and taillamps and a black Ford oval, along with Timberline badges on the C-pillars and liftgate. A set of Red Ember tow hooks at the front are rated at 150 percent gross vehicle weight. Bridgestone Dueler P265/65R-18 all-terrain tires surround high-gloss painted aluminum wheels that feature a laser-etched Timberline logo.
Timberline includes LED fog lamps for illuminating on- and off-road trail edges at night. The dark Carbonized Gray grille has provisions already incorporated along with a wiring harness for dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights with an output of 160,000 candelas to illuminate nighttime trails, which equates to 2.5 times the brightness of the Explorer Timberline high-beam headlamps.
A Deep Cypress interior trim color complements Explorer Timberline’s exterior, with an Ebony headliner, overhead console, A, B and C-pillar trim, grab handles, visors and moonroof shade. The cabin features a Stone Mesh instrument panel appliqué, distinctive Satin Silver Twilight on the center stack, steering wheel bezel and door armrest trim, Deep Cypress door trim panel inserts, Deep Tangerine stitching on the seats, steering wheel and door trim, plus Timberline logos on the front seats.
Timberline includes features that help protect the cabin and enhance the ownership experience. Standard rubber floor liners help keep carpet clean during off-road adventures, while ActiveX seat trim with cloth inserts is easy to wipe clean and helps prevent occupants from sliding in the seat over rough terrain. Heated front seats, plus a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel bring added cold-weather comfort.
Timberline boasts standard Co-Pilot360™ and Co-Pilot360 Assist+ technology features that include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist and voice-activated touch screen navigation. A standard 360-degree camera provides a view of obstacles around the vehicle, while a front camera offers a view that’s useful when cresting a hill off-road.
Customize for your adventure
No matter what the adventure, Ford offers three Outfitters packages – Outfitters SkyBox, Outfitters MegaWarrior and Outfitters FrontLoader. All three packages combine all-weather floor mats, crossbars and the selected Yakima rooftop accessories for customers to take even more equipment with them on their next adventure.
The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is available to order now and arrives at Ford dealers this summer.