Ford Expedition Timberline Concept Advances SUV’s Off-Road Capability

Oct 8, 2021

Ford debuted its new concept vehicle, the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid, 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 Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept is upfitted with 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 automaker said.

“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 is focused on multi-day off-roading functionality. 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 10.6 inches of ground clearance, 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 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, the company said. 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 and a Wild Land portable privacy room shower.

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 interior of the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept is outfitted with an EZ STAK custom aluminum dual storage drawer unit that sits under a custom Luno camping mattress with room for two. Luno also provided 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.

A Turtleback Expedition Series 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.