2018 Ford Expedition can tow 9,300 lbs, also offers pro trailer backup assist feature

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2017

Ford's prized SUV, the Ford Expedition, is considered as a popular pick in the full-sized SUV category. Now, the American automaker has implemented a timely redesign to its most valued Expedition. The 2018 Ford Expedition will now use an aluminium body composition akin to the one that was utilized in America's favourite pick-up, the F-150. Not only that, the up-and-coming SUV will also boast a maximum tow rating of around 9,300 lbs- a certified SAE spec figure that the American automaker claims will give it a big edge in getting best in class capability.

The full-size Ford Expedition, re-engineered from the base up for the 2018 model year, is now offering a decisive edge over its rivals in the "hitch up the trailer and go on your next family vacation" premise. Not only is the upcoming SUV offering the best in class towing rating of over 9,300 lbs, but it will also highlight a new feature that is called the Pro Trailer Backup Assist in the purpose to aid rookie tow jockeys in looking like experienced pros.

To enable the feature, the driver can simply turn a knob to specify how much the trailer should turn. The 2018 Expedition then turns its front wheels to accurately maneuver the said trailer in its correct position. And to make sure that all will go according to plan, the SUV's speed is also restricted when the system is on the go. Ford indicated that its new feature system can cut down the time it requires to back up the trailer. At the same time, it also aids "driver confidence". The latter part is somewhat identical to what pro racers would encounter when they utilize track mode in a high powered supercar.

Sometimes, reversing a trailer poses a challenge. And while the experience haulers will likely label the Pro Trailer Backup Assist to be more of a gimmick coming from Ford, in the end it can definitely aid some inexperienced drivers and we are sure that it can obtain a lot of following in the future.

And it is foreseeable that with the Expedition's 9,300 lbs towing capacity, which can heave 2 F-150 single cab 2-wheel drive pickup trucks, it will get a guaranteed thumbs-up from most people, including the loyal patrons of the American automaker.

Moreover, the Blue Oval is still mum regarding the power produced by the 2018 Expedition's EcoBoost V6 to obtain such impressive rating. In the early months of 2017, we saw 400 hP (298 kW) and 480 lb-ft of torque displayed on Ford of Canada's Expedition official website. However, Ford wouldn't directly confirm the said numbers and removed them shortly from the site. If this is in any way true, then this would hand the 2018 Expedition a lot more torque compared to the 6.2 L V8 found in the GMC Yukon. The anticipated 2018 Ford Expedition will be found in dealer shops possibly this fall.

Press Release

ALL-NEW FORD EXPEDITION MAKES TOWING AND BACKING UP TRAILERS EASIER THAN EVER

If you’re launching a boat or towing a large load, the all-new Ford Expedition featuring class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ makes it easier than ever to perform such tasks with confidence.

More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

In addition, Expedition boasts best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard, more than any other full-size SUV, making it the smartest, most capable and adaptable Expedition ever.

Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps take the frustration out of backing up with a trailer. It works by letting the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the Expedition steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.

To operate Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the driver rotates a knob to indicate how much the system should turn the trailer, then the technology automatically steers the Expedition to turn the trailer the desired amount. The system can limit vehicle speed to enhance occupant comfort over various road surfaces. The result is less time required to back up a trailer along with added driver confidence; the technology can even help towing experts by reducing time lost to maneuvering mistakes.

“Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for the trip,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than struggling to back up and launch your boat.”

In addition, Expedition brings available new connectivity technologies and convenience features, including:

Wireless charging Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature wireless charging, which allows customers to place compatible mobile devices on an integrated charging pad conveniently located in the front center console
Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle
Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience with Sling Media that allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices
SYNC® 3, with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, allows drivers to stay connected on the move
SYNC Connect lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass®; owners can start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also accessing important vehicle diagnostic information
Power for passengers in every row, with four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a 110-volt power outlet that lets all occupants stay charged and connected
Available 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound experience even audiophiles will appreciate
Advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf behind the third row lets owners create a storage space customized to whatever they’re hauling; even when parked on a hill, cargo manager ensures cargo won’t roll out the back of Expedition when the liftgate is opened
Available Panoramic Vista Roof spans two rows, a feature not offered by any competitor

Source: Ford

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