Ford has been very excited about the unveiling of the new 2018 expedition. This vehicle has been a classic of Ford’s top-notch car line that was introduced in 1997 to be the successor of the Ford Bronco. With the new year right around the corner, we are being graced by Ford with an all new design of the Expedition. Ford is redesigning this vehicle from the ground up to create the best Full-Size SUV to date.
When looking at the 2017 model and comparing it to the 2018, it is often said that it is like comparing an original iPad to the iPad Air. In retrospect, this means that both of these vehicle have a similar foot print and purpose, but the features that come with the new model are absolute game changers. To generalize, Ford added over 40 features and driver-assist technologies to the new 2018 model.
This new SUV will be available in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims which come with rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. An Expedition with a longer wheel base will be offered called the Expedition MAX, also known as the EL (Extended Length). The MAX option gives this vehicle nearly a foot more in overall length. The standard wheel base of the vehicle from last year has been extended by almost 4 inches. This offers a refined and spacious cabin for passengers and cargo alike.
Now lets just get a side-by-side comparison of the 2017 and 2018 model.
This SUV will still be rugged and tough with it’s boxy, upright stance. The body on this vehicle still retains it’s truck origins and adopts the F-150’s newest top powertrain duo of a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 and a 10-speed autobox. According to Ford, this combination should produce the best in class towing numbers for full-size SUVs even though these numbers haven’t been announced just yet. Just like the F-150 in which it’s based, the Expedition has gone onto an aluminum body and high-strength steel which sheds over 300 pounds in body weight. Unlike the F-150, the SUV gains it back due to the interior goodies that it offers. The Expedition also adopts the terrain management system that is found in the Raptor which includes normal, sport, tow, eco, sand, snow/grass/gravel, and mud settings. The two speed transfer case and electronically locking rear differential helps this SUV crawl out of any sticky situation.
Here is a list of some features that will be available: available rear seat entertainment system with dual screens, an available panoramic sunroof that spans two rows, wireless phone charger for front-seat riders, a cargo management system, wi-fi hotspot connectivity, six USB chargers, four 12-volt chargers, and one household-style power plug. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system returns to the Expedition this year and can be paired with a premium 12-speaker audio system developed by Bang & Olufsen’s JV team, called “B&O Play.” The Expedition is also loaded with many advanced safety features that are common for family-sized SUVs including active lane control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitors, a 360 degree view camera system, and Ford’s trailer assist that helps drivers back up their trailers.
As you can see, Ford truly is redefining the full-size SUV. The 2018 Expedition will be available later this year for purchase.