This Ford Explorer Timberline was just sitting in a parking lot with no camouflage points. Our spies were in the right place at the right time and took these photos, including a great view of the cabin.
The Timberline has a cabin that looks a lot like the existing XLT class with a few small modifications. The seats have orange stitching and the Timberline logo which includes three triangular mountains. The center of the chairs is in gray textile. The trim on the lower portion of the passenger side dash appears to have a textured effect, but it’s hard to see well through the window.
On the outside, the Timberline has a slightly modified front end compared to other Explorers. The lower fascia gains an orange contoured section with a pair of matching tow hooks. The grid has mesh with rectangular openings and a crossbar across the top.
The Timberline rides on black wheels with five Y-shaped spokes. The model’s emblem appears on the rim. The tires are Bridgestone Dueler off-road.
The rear bumper does not extend as low as the ground. This should improve the tee angle slightly if people take the Explorer off-road.
Mechanical details are not yet available for the Timberline. Just changing the body kit and interior trim doesn’t seem like enough to justify a new model. It likely shares the powertrain with other variants of the SUV, but there could be suspension tweaks to perform better off-road.
Explorer Timberline is set to debut soon. There aren’t any official Ford teasers yet, but if the company isn’t concerned about photographers getting so close to unmasked examples in a parking lot, then a full reveal can’t be too far away.
The Timberline complements the recently released Explorer King Ranch. This model emphasizes luxury with mahogany leather upholstery and wood trim. Buyers can add amenities like massage seats and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.