2018 Ford Expedition
2018 Ford Expedition
Posted on February 17, 2017
Last week saw the reveal of the 2018 Ford Expedition in Dallas, Texas. It is a new design and a new generation, this being the fourth generation Expedition. It is based on the F-150 platform which we know is superb, so does this new Ford live up to expectations?
The design is certainly bold. Part Range Rover, part Explorer. The front end is very handsome, a rounded nose, big grille with blue oval, shaped lights to fit inside the grill and a large hood with detailing running the length of it. The sides are fairly plain with a level beltline, flat roof and not a lot going on.
The rear is part minivan part SUV and I’m still not sure about it. Fortunately, the rest of the design is good enough to carry the rear until I make my mind up.
Despite the size of the 2018 Ford Expedition, Ford says it is actually 136kg lighter thanks to new frame construction and aluminium body shell.
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Ford have said that there are 40 new technologies in the Expedition from new infotainment, new Bang and Olufsen audio to a Wi-Fi hot spot, USB charging and LCD screens for each seat, new Sync Connect service, Sling TV and a new version of the Ford smartphone app that enables you to remotely start, lock and unlock your vehicle.
There is also the option for wireless charging, electric folding rear seats and power outlets all over the place.
Ford also says the new Expedition ‘offers more driver-assist technology than any other full-size SUV.’ Those assists include adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, full-surround camera system, automated parking, Pro Trailer Backup Assist and lots of others. Many are standard on all models, some are optional extras.
Under the hood is the tried and tested twin turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine. It delivers somewhere around 350 hp, Ford have yet to release actual numbers. It will utilize the same 10 speed automatic transmission we have in the Raptor. With the weight savings and decent power output we know the V6 can provide, this should be an interesting drive.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is be rear or all-wheel drive and come with switchable driving modes, terrain management options and towing ability built in. There will also be the ability to tow somewhere in the region of 4000kg.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is being positioned as a do-it-all full-size SUV and from what we have learned so far, it could deliver on that. Manufacturing is expected to begin late summer and the first deliveries to begin during the fall 2017.
If you would like to know more, or see what the current Expedition offers, visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.