As a full-size sports utility vehicle, the Ford Expedition should really be large and spacious. For the 2018 model year, Ford has made the Expedition full-size SUV larger and more spacious than its predecessor, but there is a big twist to the game of giants – it is much lighter.
Typically, adding size and space would result to an addition in overall weight. But this is not the case with 2016 Ford Expedition – it is larger, roomier and lighter. Of course, the power source underneath remains the same, although Ford has vowed to upgrade it to something better.
For the 2018 model year, the standard-length Ford Expedition is around four inches longer than its predecessor. Its wheelbase has also been increased by around three inches. These increase in measurements should allow this full-size SUV to offer more interior room, including those for the cargo. The roominess of the Expedition’s interior is complemented by its outstanding flexibility.
It has enough room to accommodate up to eight people and their cargo. It features a sliding second-row seat with tip- and-slide functionality, which allows easier access to the third row, which in turn offers more legroom. With just push of a button, the second- and third-row seats could be folded flat to allow for a cargo area, which according to Ford, is wide enough to accommodate 4x8-foot plywood sheets.
Despite its larger size, the new Ford Expedition is lighter than before. In fact, the 2018 Ford Expedition is up to 300 lbs lighter. Considering that the current Ford Expedition has a curb weight of between 5,200 lbs and 5,400 lbs, then the 2018 iteration should tip the scales at between 5,300 lbs and 5,700 lbs. This weight savings can be attributed to the employment of an all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body as well as redesigned high-strength steel frame. These advanced materials also help boost the rugged off-road and strong towing capabilities of the new Ford Expedition.
As for the engine, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost biturbo V6 engine is still the power behind the new Ford Expedition. In the current Expedition, this engine delivers 365 hp of max output and 420 lb.-ft. of peak torque. For 2018 model year, this engine will be tuned to provide more power, which would be sent to the rear or all wheels through Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of towing capacity, Ford has noted that around 15 percent of all Expedition owners tow every single month. This is why the new Ford Expedition should have better figures than the current full-size SUV’s 6,500 lbs to 9,200 lbs. In addition, the 2018 Ford Expedition will be available with Ford’s steer-by-knob Pro Trailer Backup Assist that makes it easier for customers to attach their trailers to the SUV.
Ford unveiled its 2018 Expedition SUV at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, with sales set to commence in the fall.