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2019 Ford Expedition

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2019 Ford Expedition

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We got a closer look at a 2019 Ford Expedition this week and I spent at least an hour studying the car trying to get a feel for the SUV. As the big Ford inhabits a very competitive niche, it has to work exceptionally hard to be viable. So does it succeed?

The 2019 Ford Expedition is an all new vehicle and comes as a standard full size SUV or as the Expedition Max, a longer version. We saw details of the first model which seemed large enough. Due to hit production in October this year, this new SUV is the flagship of Ford’s new direction and the most expensive standard vehicle it makes.

2019 Ford Expedition design and features
The Expedition has been hewn from the same rock as the F-150. It’s a handsome vehicle with many similarities to the truck and is almost the same except it carries passengers in comfort instead of cargo in the back. Although it can do that too.

The design has the same light configuration as the F-150, a very similar hood and front fenders but then the designs diverge. The Expedition has a complicated grille and sill setup that doesn’t look quite as good as the F-150. Simple lines flow down each side and a flat roof hints at lots of interior space. A large rear door splits a pair of lights reminiscent of the F-150 again before finishing with a low bumper.

Inside, the cabin is huge. A pair of very plush front seats make short work of long journeys while a tidy dashboard and centre stack keeps everything under control. The second row can be a bench seat or captain’s chairs and the third row can fold down flat. Adults can sit anywhere without having to contort themselves too.

Materials quality and technology is superb. Features include a touchscreen, electric front seats, USB charging, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power handsfree tailgate and a lot more besides.

2019 Ford Expedition engine and drivetrain
The 2019 Ford Expedition uses a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 in all models. One version produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque while a tuned version produces 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both use Ford’s 10 speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear or all wheels.

Despite its size and weight, the Expedition looks like it will handle well. It uses electric power steering and independent suspension with adaptive shock absorbers to provide a smooth composed ride. We haven’t been able to test it yet obviously, but on paper it should drive like a dream.

The 2019 Ford Expedition looks to be more than just a class leader for Ford. It could also be a segment leader. With production starting in a couple of months and deliveries expected a short time after, we don’t have long to wait to find out!

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