2018 Ford Expedition Enters the Scene with Aluminum and Technology

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas, including their SUVs. That’s why when they want to reveal a new big brute, they do it in Texas. Today, that big brute of a launch is the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition. Here’s what you need to know.

The new Expedition utilizes a high-strength steel frame attached to an aluminum body. Just like on the Super Duty and the F-150 prior, the aluminum saves weight with sacrificing strength. On the Expedition, lightweight materials shed 300 pounds that the engineers could reinvest into making the Expedition smarter and more capable.

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Powering the new Expedition is Ford’s new 3.5L EcoBoost mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This transmission is similar to that in the new F-150. We’ve driven the 10-speed briefly in the F-150, and noticed the shifts are a lot smoother and the engine feels more responsive. That’s because the extra gears make it easier for the truck to stay in the power band.

At this point we don’t know the power and torque ratings in the Expedition, other than it’ll be more than the outgoing model.

Over 50% of Expedition buyers value towing, with 15% towing at least monthly. Because of that, Ford is offering the Expedition with Pro Trailer Backup Assist. While die-hard trailer operators don’t need the assistance, we appreciate any technology that makes it easier for novices.

In a first for Expedition, Ford is offering it with the Terrain Management System that allows customers to choose between drive modes depending on what they’re doing. This basically sets the vehicle up for optimal performance on or off the road.

Wireless phone charging is on board if you have a phone or case that supports the functionality. SYNC 3 provides a wifi hotspot, FordPass app support, and Android Auto and Apple Car Play. A B&O Play premium stereo is available. Rear seat entertainment and a panoramic roof will keep passengers entertained.

Behind the third row lives an advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf to make it easy to organize stuff you’re hauling. Plus the stuff won’t roll out of the back of the vehicle when the liftgate is opened and the Expedition is on a hill.

The new Expedition goes on sale this fall. We don’t know pricing yet, but we’ll share it when we know. It’s built at the Kentucky Truck Plant alongside the Ford Super Duty.

Chad Kirchner
the authorChad Kirchner
In addition to Chad Kirchner's work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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