Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the past six years. Leading this charge are the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer SUVs, which is why these models are each getting not just one, but special editions.
These new four special edition SUVs – Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, Ford Expedition Texas Edition, Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition and Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition – will only be offered in the United States and are expected to further boost the popularity of the Expedition and Explorer in the country. The new four special edition SUVs were all unveiled at the State Fair of Texas.
There is a reason why Ford unveiled the new four special edition SUVs at the State Fair of Texas. After all, Texas is the largest market for Ford’s large SUVs. In fact, the state accounted for nearly 25 percent of Expedition retail sales nationally – even more than the combined sales of the SUV in Florida and California.
As styled, the Ford Expedition Stealth Edition has a more upscale look over the current Limited series, thanks to gloss-black accessories. Its grille, roof rails, mirror caps, running boards, rear bumper skid plate, hitch cover, and tailgate appliqué are all in gloss black. Also finished in gloss black are its headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels as well as taillamp housing. Black “Expedition” badging and black “Limited” badge are found on the front and the rear ends, respectively. This special edition rides on 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels.
Meanwhile, the Ford Expedition Texas Edition boasts of the Special Edition Package that is available for Limited models, with the addition of 22-inch wheels and new Texas Edition badging. The Expedition Texas Edition also features the Cargo Package, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package as well as the enhanced active park assist.
The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition comes with an enhanced appearance compared to the Limited series. It is available an upgraded leather steering wheel, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation, multi-contour seats with Active Motion, door trim with leather inserts as well as chrome mirror caps. This special edition rides on 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels.
On the other hand, the Explorer Desert Copper Edition is essential an XLT model that has been upgraded to feature chrome mirror caps and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. Aside from door trim panel, the special edition comes with Ebony Black leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, Ebony Black vinyl third-row seats with copper accents as well as copper highlights and stitching.