There’s a new Expedition in town, finally. After a successful redesign of the F-150, Ford seemed to forget about the full framed SUV which shares a platform. While the outgoing Expedition did enjoy some of the EcoBoost updates, the interior and design were growing stale. Now, alongside a refresh to the F-150, there’s a new Expedition in town. But, because Ford says more than 20 percent of their owners are using SUVs for off road things, it was time to take the Expedition to the next level.
Brand new for 2018, Ford is adding the FX4 package to the new Expedition. This is essentially being lifted strait from the F-150, but that’s not a bad thing. High strength aluminum alloy now clads the Expedition, shaving 300 pounds of weight. Considering the size of the Expedition, we thought that number might be a little higher. Ford cut 700 pounds of the F-150 when that vehicle made the switch. However, the overall body weight losses are being used to add more technology and capability.
When ticking the FX4 option package on the new Expedition, you’re adding a slew of upgrades. Ford’s patented electronic rear diff is equipped, providing limited slip capability. This should boost off-road and towing performance over the standard rear diff. Suspension and tires are also replaced with bigger, more mud friendly hardware. In order to keep the sensitive bits safe, there are now seven skid plates added to the underside of the new Expedition. Essentially, they provide bumper to bumper underside protection when you inevitably misjudge the size of that rock ahead. Approach angles are improved by shortening the chin spoiler.
Additional features include unique 18 inch rims, chrome running boards – which seem counter-intuitive for off-roading – FX4 badging and rubber floor liners.
New for the Expedition FX4 package is a complete off-road electronics package. Ford’s Terrain Management System gives drivers a choice of seven different modes: Normal, eco, tow/haul, sport, grass/gravel/snow, sand and mud. The system adjusts the driving dynamics based on the mode. 2WD and 4WD can both be selected on the fly.
Naturally, Ford is equipping the new Expedition with the recently refreshed 3.5L EcoBoost V6, now producing 375hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and a ten-speed transmission. We’ve already driven this new combination in the 2017 F-150, and were very much impressed by it. The Expedition is expected to tow 9,300 pounds. Expect the all new Expedition family in Ford dealerships this fall. Pricing has not yet been released.