2021 Explorer Timberline

July 6th, 2021 by

It has already been quite a year for Explorer. Recently, we introduced the King Ranch to the lineup. Now, there is yet another new introduction… Timberline! This all-new, aggressively styled standard 4×4 series amps up rugged capabilities – and opens new ground for Explorer!


Adventurous paths require impressive equipment. All Explorer Timberline models are equipped with standard:

  • 3L EcoBoost I-4 engine
    • 300 horsepower
    • 310 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
    • SelectShift with paddle shifters
  • Intelligent 4WD
    • 7-mode Terrain Management System (TMS)
    • Hill Descent Control
  • 58 TORSEN limited-slip rear axel
  • Off-road front struts and rear shocks
  • Underbody skid plate
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package
    • 5,300-lb maximum trailer weight rating


Featuring a combination of rugged, durable materials and eye-catching style, the unique character of Timberline is conveyed throughout the cabin:


  • ActiveX Seating Material features:
    • Deep Cypress trim color with Deep Tangerine accent stitching
    • Heathered cloth inserts
    • Timberline logo on upper seat backs
      • First and second row
    • ActiveX center console armrest
      • Deep Cypress with Deep Tangerine accent stitching
    • First-row heated captain’s chairs
      • 10-way power driver’s seat includes power tilt, lumbar and recline
      • 8-way power passenger’s seat includes power lumbar and reclined
    • Second-row features
      • Heated captain’s chairs with armrests and center floor console
    • Third-row 50/50 folding seat
      • ActiveX Seating Material in Deep Cypress


Explorer Timberline hammers home its new set of marching orders with a bold styling statement. The exterior is aggressive, rugged and attention grabbing. Building on XLT 202A, Explorer Timberline is offered in select exterior colors and includes:

Up Front

  • Unique to Timberline, Dark Carbonized Gray-painted grille with black Ford oval
    • Includes provision for dealer-installed Ford Performance auxiliary lights
  • Blackout treatment on headlamps
    • Includes LED signature lighting
  • Timberline specific front fascia featuring
    • Unique LED fog lamps
  • Aggressive, Timberline-specific lower front bumper
    • Dark Carbonized Gray with Timberline logo
    • Tangerine accent stripe
    • Tangerine front tow hooks
    • Steel skid plate

Along the Sides

  • Dark Carbonized Gray
    • Wheellip moldings
    • Lower bodyside cladding with Dark Tarnish inserts
  • Black mirror caps, accent trim, roof rack side rails
  • Body-color door handles
  • Timberline badging on C-pillars
  • Wheels and tires
    • 18-inch high gloss black-painted aluminum wheels
    • Feature laser-etched Timberline logo
    • P265/65R18 BSW all-terrain (A/T) tires

Out Back

  • Dark Carbonized Gray Timberline-specific rear fascia features
    • Liftgate scuff plate
    • Steel skid plate
  • Liftgate features
    • Dark Carbonized Gray “EXPLORER” trim plate
    • Black Ford oval
    • Timberline badge
  • Blackout treatment on taillamps


The adventurous cabin is accentuated by:

  • Ebony cabin environment
  • Center stack
    • 8-inch color LCD touchscreen
    • Satin Silver Twilight trim
    • High gloss black on buttons
  • Stone mesh instrument panel applique
  • Doors
    • Deep Cypress inset trim
    • Deep Tangerine accent stitching
    • Satin Silver accents
  • Sport-style heated steering wheel
    • Leather wrapped with Satin Silver bezel and black Ford oval
    • Deep Tangerine accent stitching
  • Floor Liners (non-carpeted)
    • First and second rows


Beyond the standard suite of Ford Co-Pilot360 Technologies, Explorer Timberline includes:

Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with
    • Stop-and-Go
    • Lane Centering
  • Evasive Steering Assist
  • Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System
  • Speed Sign Recognition
  • 360-Degree Camera with split view

Other Standard Technologies

  • SYNC 3 with Enhanced Voice Recognition
  • FordPass Connect
  • Remote Start System
  • Sideview mirrors with
    • Heated Glass
    • Security approach lamps