If we talk about the Ford Bronco, of course we never forget that it is the predecessor of the Expedition full-size SUV which was first introduced since 1997. Bronco which is a multi-purpose vehicle aka MPV was quite successful at that time. However, Ford Motor Company decided to replace it with Expedition and evolve into the first full-size SUV sold in the US market with four-door body construction. Expedition gets many changes and revisions both minor and major changes from year to year. Given that this four-door crossover is quite in demand in the United States with its sales reaching at least 59,835 units in 2016.
So let’s talk about the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition! The Dearborn-based automaker has claimed that the new Expedition is equipped with lightweight construction and high-strength materials, which consist of boron steel and aluminum. Nevertheless, the 2018 Expedition SUV has the same basic design as the previous Expedition that was sold in the 2007 span. That’s why the new Expedition design is a bit more bizarre but it has a resemblance to the Ford Explorer in terms of handsomeness. At the front end, you’ll see that this new four-door SUV seems to also take the design cues from the latest-generation Ford F-150. Even some people claim it has a resemblance to its rivals like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban.
According to the automaker, the fourth-generation 2018 Ford Expedition has been developed in secret under the Ford-U553 program code name that is mostly based on body-on-frame architecture. The new model has also left its old steel body panel and switched to a high-strength lightweight material, which makes it 300 pounds lighter than the 2017 Expedition model year. In addition, the all-new Expedition is also 4-inches longer and wider with a 3-inch stretched wheelbase compared to the third-generation model which is marketed from 2007 to 2017.
Performance Specifications, Interior Design and Features
Under its hood, the 2018 Ford Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V6 engine that is expected to deliver at least 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Please note that Ford has not revealed its performance figures, but the power and torque output is claimed to be almost similar to the F-150 full-size pickup truck. This twin-turbo engine paired to an all-wheel drive configuration and power will be sent to the wheels via a 10-speed automatic gearbox. In addition, the AWD system is equipped with Terrain Management System Dial borrowed from the Explorer crossover and retains the two-speed transfer case feature like the previous generation.
The new four-door Expedition is available with some standard equipment that includes electronic locking limited-slip differential, electronic shifter with rotary dial, auto stop-start, active noise reduction (only for Platinum trim), as well as active grille shutters that claimed to Improve fuel economy and regulate air circulation. As for the suspension, Ford has claimed that they provide revisions or technical changes to the adaptive front suspension (Continuously Controlled Dampers) which is expected to reduce its weight and increase driving comfort.
Speaking of its interior design, the fourth-generation Expedition have similar interior design at the front row with a Ford F-150 just like the previous generation model. Standard interior equipment comes with three rows and eight seats, but buyers can drop the option on seven seats that are only sold as optional equipment. There is also a hinged rack system in the cargo area called the Advanced Cargo Manager, which is claimed to be able to accommodate loads of up to 50 pounds. In addition, the 2018 model year has a small space that is twice as large as its predecessor. While the door skin and second small glove box becomes one of the differentiations between the latest Expeditions with previous models.
Buyers will find some high-tech features in the 2018 Ford Expedition such as Ford’s SYNC 3 entertainment system, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six USB ports as well as WiFi hotspot. As for the safety features, the automaker offers enhanced active park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and 360-degree camera system. The new 2018 Expedition now has a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds or 100 pounds greater than the third-generation Expedition. While some of its competitors like the Dodge Durango only have a towing capacity of 8,600 pounds, followed by the Nissan Armada with 8,500 pounds towing capacity and Chevy Tahoe RST which offers only 8,400 pounds of towing capacity.
2018 Ford Expedition Release Date and Price
Now let’s talk about release schedule and pricing! Release date for the 2018 Ford Expedition is scheduled around this fall in the North American market with production will take place at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Several trim level options will remain available for the new Expedition, including XL, XLT, Limited and Platinum top trim. While official price tags are expected to be set in the range of $47,000 – $80,000 and most likely will not be much different from the third-generation model.