Ford aging full-size Expedition SUV is getting a major makeover for 2018 that includes slick new styling, a lightweight aluminum body, and a 10-speed transmission borrowed from the F-150 pickup.
The new Expedition got its unveiling in Dallas earlier this week, ahead of its official Canadian debut next week at the Toronto auto show.
Ford says the aluminum body and a high-strength steel-intensive frame help shave 136 kg (300 pounds) from the truck’s curb weight, which will make it easier for a 3.5-litre turbocharged EcoBoost V6 (carried over from the outgoing truck) to move the Expedition. That weight saving should also boost towing capacity. And the reduced weight and new 10-speed transmission should combine to cut fuel consumption.
In the U.S., an “intelligent” 4WD system is optional, but we expect it will be standard on Canadian models; the system includes an electronic limited-slip differential.
New-to-Expedition technology includes active park assist, lane-keeping aid, and adaptive cruise control, as well as collision avoidance detection and blind spot monitoring.
Ford says this is its first model to incorporate wireless smartphone charging (we would have thought it would be incorporated into the recently updated Fusion sedan).
Also available are a wi-fi hotspot that supports up to 10 devices at a time; rear-seat entertainment system; SYNC 3 infotainment with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and FordPass capability, which allows vehicle locking and starting from anywhere; 360-degree camera views for parking; four 12-volt power points; six USB charging ports; and a 110-volt power outlet.
There’s also an available B&O 12-speaker stereo, a panoramic sunroof over two rows (which Ford claims is a class-exclusive), and a cargo management system behind the third row of seating.
Other conveniences on offer are a hands-free power tailgate, and Ford’s pro trailer backup assist system.
Ford says Expedition is the first full-size SUV with a second-row seat that tips and slides to allow third-row access; and, optionally, both the second and third rows of seats can be folded electrically.
The all-new Expedition will be built at Ford’s Louisville, Kentucky factory, and goes on sale this fall.