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.