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2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive

Ford expands the three-row Explorer’s line-up with two new red-hot variants to take on the competition

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Ford will now sell an Explorer ST with rear-wheel drive, whereas if you’re not going to use the extra power, the Explorer ST-Line will come with all the show, but no go.

  • 2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400
  • Torque @ RPM:
    415
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • Price:
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What’s Special About The 2022 Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line?

2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
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Ford has significantly expanded its Explorer lineup in response to the intense competition that it now faces in the three-row SUV space, from the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Toyota Highlander, and Kia Telluride. They’ve already added an off-roading package called Timberline, as well as a Platinum Hybrid trim and a King Ranch trim. The ST trim level has been offered by Ford in Europe for many years, but it wasn’t until last year that the Edge acquired this performance variant as the very first U.S.-spec ST.

2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
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The ST-line, meanwhile, is all about the looks. It is cosmetically identical to the ST, but with one crucial difference

But. why exactly would Ford give us this new variant? Well, Ford says, not everyone, it seems, requires AWD.

For those who want a spirited drive from their Explorer, Ford is offering the ST, which comes with rear-wheel drive and a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque.

But, there’s got to be Explorer buyers out there who only want the visual appeal of the ST, but can do just alright, without the extra horsepower. Well for all such folks, Ford’s got you covered with the Explorer ST-Line. Equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, this new variant produces 300 horsepower and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. RWD is currently the standard configuration for SUVs, with optional 4WD.

2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
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The Explorer King Ranch and Platinum variants get the ST’s upgraded twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 with 400 horsepower; previously, they had a 365-horsepower version of this engine.

“We’ve taken Explorer, already the all-time best-selling SUV*, and given our customers the chance to put the emphasis on the things they value most,” “For on-road performance and styling, our new rear-wheel-drive Explorer ST and new Explorer ST-Line are specifically designed to appeal to new customer groups with different adventure needs.” said Jeff Marentic, Ford marketing manager.
2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
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The bodywork of the Explorer ST-Line "mirrors a fully equipped Explorer ST," according to Ford. The SUV includes:

  • A blacked-out front grille
  • Dark-tinted headlights and taillights
  • 20-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Twin exhaust tips
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Step inside and the new Explorer ST-Line features:

  • 12-speaker B&O Audio system
  • 360-degree camera
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Red highlights
  • Scuff plates with ST-Line badging
  • Fancy floor mats
2022 Ford Explorer ST RWD and ST-Line - Enthusiast-friendly Ford Explorer ST, ST-Line Revealed With Rear Wheel Drive
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These new ST and ST-Line variants, certainly do a great job of offering more from the Explorer line up, by giving most buyers a visual treat in the form of cosmetic updates, minus the performance bits. The 2022 Explorer ST-line, sits between the XLT and Limited variants and is $7,570 lesser than the standard ST.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers a stick shift over an auto any day.  Read full bio
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