2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line

For Explorer customers who want on-road performance, as well as those who are more drawn to style, Ford is expanding the Explorer ST lineup with two new choices for the 2022 model year - the new Explorer ST rear-wheel-drive model and the new Explorer ST-Line series.

Now in its sixth generation, Ford Explorer continues to build on its strengths in the highly competitive midsize SUV segment. Ford Performance's Explorer ST model accounts for nearly one in five 2021 Explorer sales, and expanded lineup gives customers even more options, whether they desire the on-road performance of rear-wheel drive or the performance-inspired style without maximum Explorer ST performance.

For driving enthusiasts, Explorer ST now available as rear-wheel-drive-only

Looking to give on-road performance SUV drivers more options, 2022 Explorer ST comes standard with rear-wheel drive; four-wheel drive is available. The vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque** and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

"No two SUV drivers use their vehicles the same way, so our goal is to meet the needs of as many as possible," said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. "Four-wheel-drive capability is great if you need it, but if you don't, you shouldn't have to pay for it. These changes to the Explorer lineup were guided by what our customers told us they wanted."


The interior is designed to provide the feel of performance while surrounding the customer with the latest technologies. Explorer ST-Line customers will find Ebony Black ActiveX™-trimmed seats with Miko inserts, heated first-row seats, heated sport-style steering wheel and red accent stitching throughout. Available premium technology features include 12-speaker B&O® sound system, wireless charging pad, auto-dimming rearview mirror and 360-degree camera. There is also Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+ technology†† including Evasive Steering Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and voice-activated navigation. Additional touches include ST-Line scuff plates and premium floor mats.

"The ST brand has been very well received by Explorer customers since it arrived two years ago," Newcombe said. "With the addition of Explorer ST-Line, Explorer will offer the broadest performance-inspired lineup in the segment."  

Other customer-driven upgrades across the Explorer lineup include:

  • New standard 400-horsepower powertrain for Explorer King Ranch® and Explorer Platinum
  • Pick your second-row seat: 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, multicontour seats and 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

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