Ford unveils new special editions for its Expedition and Explorer SUVs

Article by Christian A., on November 26, 2018

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.

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FORD UNVEILS FOUR SPECIAL-EDITION SUVS TO CONTINUE RECORD SALES SURGE

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the appetite for sport utility vehicles. While demand for Ford SUVs is climbing across the United States, drivers from El Paso to Houston continue to show why the Lone Star State is so crucial to automakers’ SUV portfolios.

Celebrating its position as the best-selling vehicle brand in Texas, Ford unveiled to crowds at the State Fair of Texas four new special-edition models designed to give buyers of large SUVs more options in the vehicles they love.

Expedition sales in Texas – Ford’s biggest market for large SUVs – represent nearly 25 percent of retail sales nationally and outnumber combined sales in Florida and California, the second- and third-largest Expedition markets.

“Texans love their SUVs and these four special-edition models were created very much with them in mind,” said Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford. “Each of these vehicles is a proof point that Ford takes seriously the need to continuously freshen an SUV lineup that is so popular with so many.”

All four new special-edition models shown at the State Fair of Texas are available for order later this year. They are:

Expedition Stealth Edition features gloss-black accessories for a cool yet upscale appearance over the current Limited series. It rolls on 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels and includes continuously controlled damping. Gloss-black features include grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate and hitch cover, headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels and taillamp housing. Black “Expedition” badging adorns the front, while the tailgate features a black “Limited” badge. Door handles are body color, and red interior stitching accents the interior

Expedition Texas Edition adds 22-inch wheels and new Texas Edition badging to build upon the existing Special Edition Package available for Limited models that already offers a collection of features to make hauling, towing and parking easier. These include the Cargo Package, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and enhanced active park assist

Explorer Limited Luxury Edition offers available appearance upgrades on the Limited series. Explorer owners can opt for 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, multi-contour seats with Active Motion®, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation, an upgraded leather steering wheel, door trim with leather inserts and chrome mirror caps

Explorer Desert Copper Edition upgrades an XLT model to include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, Ebony Black leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats and door trim panel. The interior features copper highlights and stitching and Ebony Black vinyl third-row seats with copper accents

By expanding choices in its large SUV lineup, Ford looks to continue offering more of the vehicles that consumers say they want. More and more drivers are turning away from traditional sedans in favor of larger trucks and SUVs that offer more space, amenities and capability. A 2017 Ford report found that millennials are beginning to move to the suburbs and buy larger SUVs.

“People want SUVs, they’ve told us that,” Patterson said. “Whether an adventure-minded individual, a couple who needs room to haul home improvement supplies or a family loading up for a trip across the country, SUVs are in demand. Ford wants to have an SUV available that caters to any circumstance.”

Last year, Ford set a sales record when it closed 2017 with nearly 800,000 SUVs sold. In the past six years, Ford has grown its North American SUV sales by 28 percent, hitting a number of milestones across its lineup of SUV nameplates:

Edge recorded best-ever total annual sales of nearly 143,000 vehicles

Escape recorded best-ever total annual sales of more than 300,000 vehicles

Explorer recorded its best sales year in more than a decade with 238,056 SUVs sold

Source: Ford

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