The Ford Expedition will be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year. As the largest SUV in the Ford lineup, the vehicle offers serious capability with all the latest creature comforts designed to meet the demanding needs of families. Key changes will involve a new lightweight aluminum body, an updated V6 engine and a more efficient 10-speed transmission.
Much like the flagship F-150 pickup, the Expedition gets a dramatic transformation with new aluminum body panels that help it achieve up to 300 lbs of weight savings. An increase in high-strength steel in the manufacturing of its frame is expected to keep the vehicle light without sacrificing capability. Tow ratings haven't been announced yet, but for reference, the 2017 Expedition offers up to 9,200 lbs of max towing when equipped with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package.
The interior will continue to feature seating for up to 8. Although a number of crossovers boast similar capacity, a main selling point for the Expedition is that the third-row doesn't seriously cut into the cargo area. Families may appreciate second-row seating that has the ability to slide and tilt forward to allow easier access to the back row. For larger cargo needs, the third-row can be folded flat.
Under the hood, the vehicle gets an updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 equipped with start-stop technology for enhanced fuel efficiency. Power output hasn't been announced, but we expect an increase from the current model's 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. For 2018, there's also a new 10-speed automatic transmission, plus an available electronic limited-slip differential for better off-road handling.
Other improvements include Wi-Fi hotspot capability (with compatible data plans), support for wireless charging, as well as SYNC 3 connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Road trips are bound to be more bearable for all passengers thanks to an impressive 6 USB outlets, not to mention 12-volt power outlets in all three rows to keep a range of electronic devices charged. A massive panoramic moonroof will let in natural light at the push of a button.
In terms of safety, there are currently no signs that the Expedition will gain the latest driver assistance tech like collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Stay tuned for details as they become available.
Expect a full review closer to launch.