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Ford Expedition Timberline Concept Is a Showcase of Overlanding Possibilities

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 10/8/2021 Caleb Miller
The special-edition Expedition adds Fox Performance shocks, 35-inch all-terrain tires, a roof-mounted tent, and a trailer full of camping necessities. © Ford The special-edition Expedition adds Fox Performance shocks, 35-inch all-terrain tires, a roof-mounted tent, and a trailer full of camping necessities.
  • Ford will reveal the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept at this weekend’s Overland Expo East in Arrington, Virginia.
  • The Off-Grid concept features mechanical upgrades for tackling tricky trails, like Fox Performance shocks, two extra inches of ground clearance, and 35-inch General Grabber tires.
  • The Off-Grid is outfitted for camping with a roof-mounted tent, portable privacy room shower, and a trailer with a stove and a sink.

A few weeks ago, Ford refreshed the full-sized Expedition SUV, introducing sharper styling and a new off-road Timberline model. Now Ford has trendily modified the Expedition for overlanding, a pastime which combines off-roading and camping. The Expedition Timberline Off-Grid concept will debut this weekend at the Overland Expo East in Arrington, Virginia and shows off the new Timberline model could be transformed into a true expedition vehicle.

Ford painted the Off-Grid concept in Forged Green and added a custom topographic wrap from CG Detroit. Although the Timberline already has 10.6 inches of ground clearance, the Off-Grid concept is boosted another two inches and gains Fox Performance Elite Series 2.5-inch shocks with Dual Speed Compression adjusters and remote reservoirs front and rear. The Timberline’s stock 18-inch wheels and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler AT tires are swapped out for 17-inch Method Race Wheels with 35-inch General Grabber all-terrain tires. DeeZee Rock Rail Hoop Steps make it easier to climb up into the high-riding SUV.

The Off-Grid comes decked out with accessories available to customers at Ford dealers, such as the Thule Tepui Explorer tent strapped to the roof, the Overland Vehicle Systems Nomadic 180-degree awning, and a Wild Land portable privacy room shower. The Off-Grid also includes a transmission shield—which Ford says is available from the factory—and plenty of auxiliary lighting for nighttime trail driving, with a 50-inch Rigid light bar above the windshield, a 20-inch Rigid light bar beneath the grille, and D-SS Rigid cube lights on the hood. There are also lights placed within the wheel wells and liftgate, and a switch to turn the lights red for optimal stargazing.

Ford Expedition Timberline Off-Road concept © Ford Ford Expedition Timberline Off-Road concept

Inside, Ford has added a Luno camping mattress that can fit two, a EZ STAK aluminum storage unit, window shades, and a portable USB fan. Ford has also fitted a Clarios AGM battery to provide the electricity needed for the Off-Grid’s electronic gadgets. The Off-Grid concept is also towing a Turtleback Expedition Series Trailer, which is also shod in Method wheels and Grabber all-terrain tires. The trailer carries camping essentials like a two-burner propane stove and deep-well sink, 42-gallon water tank and six-gallon water heater with external shower hookup, and drop-down tables. After the Expedition Timberline Off-Grid debuts at Overland Expo East on Friday, it will be displayed at the SEMA show in Las Vegas beginning November 2.

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