The 2018 Ford Expedition will undergo a complete redesign, giving the SUV a new look, a new engine, and a new transmission. In the new year, the Expedition will continue to offer an extended-length version, but in 2018, it will receive a name change from EL to Max.
The 2018 Ford Expedition Max will receive the same Explorer-meets-F-150 looks as the standard model. While it will retain the blocky silhouette similar to the current Expedition, its details will be all-new, including the C-shaped headlights of the F-150 paired up with the textured grille similar to that of the Explorer.
Also new, will be the character lines down the sides that break up the long sheet metal that makes up the four doors, fenders, and rear quarter panels. Ford hasn't revealed how much the Expedition Max will be stretched, but we suspect it'll be about the same 15 inches longer as the current Expedition EL.
While the new looks will be the most obvious changes, its construction will be all-new too. For 2018, the Expedition Max will take a page from the F-150’s book and shift to a high-strength, aluminum-alloy body. This will allow the Expedition to retain its ruggedness while also dropping about 300 pounds. Ford will reinvest this weight savings into new features and technology.
Inside, the Expedition Max will also be all-new, but it will continue its ruggedness-meets-comfort theme. This will allow it to remain soft in areas where it needs to be for comfort and offer great technology, like the available wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, Sync 3, and panoramic roof while also boasting chunky control knobs that are easy to use, even with work gloves on, and blocky design cues.
For 2018, the Expedition Max will retain the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, but it will be more powerful in the new year. Ford failed to reveal what the 2018 Expedition’s output will be but it will likely mirror the F-150’s 375 horsepower -- a 10-hp jump. Also new will be the 10-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will be able to fine-tune the powertrain and suspension using the new Terrain Management System that has three settings: Normal, Sport, Tow/Haul, Eco, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand, and Mud/Rut.
The IIHS hasn’t tested the current Expedition, so there is no data to base an estimate for the 2018 model on. But, we expect Ford to settle for nothing less than an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. Check back for updates.