The Ford Expedition has gone aluminum just like the similarly new F-150.
Capitalizing on an aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, the all-new, 2018 Expedition weighs up to 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter than its predecessor despite being wider and longer. It is described as “the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever.”
The large SUV benefits from Ford’s latest design direction, looking more like the company’s latest crossovers and, of course, the F-150 on which it is based. Design highlights include a flatter hood, a new grille and prominent headlights.
Inside, the new Expedition offers enough room for up to eight people and their cargo. Accessibility is made easier by a sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality that allows passengers to access the third row without having to first remove a child safety seat.
The cabin also boasts more legroom for third row occupants and Ford’s full range of convenience, safety and assistance technologies, including a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging, a lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise with stop-and-go, and automatic emergency braking. There is enough space to fit 4×8 sheets of plywood when all rear rows are folded flat.
Engineers ensured the redesigned Expedition would be the most powerful Expedition ever by giving it a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that produces somewhere in the ballpark of the F-150’s 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque. The engine features Auto Start-Stop tech and is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Off-road driving is improved with an available electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD.
The all-new, 2018 Ford Expedition made its world debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show and will compete directly with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the GMC Yukon.
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