2018 Ford Expedition : Prepare! – The Expedition is Ford‘s current full-size SUV which has been released back in 2006, but the actual design of the model dates all the way back to 2003. While the car did change underneath and the engines and interiors have been updated over the years, the basic exterior design is nearly the same as it was more than 13 years ago. As a result, we could see that Ford lost quite a bit over its competitors from GM even though the actual model still is a good car. Not too long ago rumors about an entirely new vehicle started to surface and soon after that new car has been spied testing with quite a bit of camouflage.
The new model will fit eight passengers and has been introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2018 Ford Expedition will have many new features, more power and will have a larger impact on the market. To add to this, or to reduce, the new version will weigh 300 pounds less due to the lighter frame and new aluminum body.
The front end of the vehicle is remodeled mainly by adding a new mesh grille that looks like it may be from Explorer Platinum trim. Ford also borrowed new bracket-shaped headlights from its earlier pickups, and the nose now has chrome bits and pieces. The front end certainly reminds us of other Ford vehicles, but the shape of the Expedition behind the A-pillar has the most resemblance with the latest Chevrolet Tahoe.
Only one engine option is offered, and it is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost biturbo V6 with stop-start that is also paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Although we do not have any official information from Ford regarding powertrain, the new model will have more than the currently available 365 hp (272 kW). The Blue Oval automaker also increased its towing capacity and made it available in rear- and four-wheel-drive.
The Expedition can now transport up to eight passengers since the length of the vehicle is increased by four inches (10.2 cm) out of which three inches (7.6 cm) were used for wheelbase extension. If this is not enough, the Expedition Max is one additional inch (2.54 cm) longer. The vehicle will double the cabin storage space that it previously featured along with seventeen cup holders. The rear cargo area now also has a built-in fold-out shelf that enables the SUV to have two tiers of storage in the back.
With new gadgets inside the cabin, delightful and comfortable traveling is guaranteed. The Expedition features six USB ports, wireless phone charging, dual-screen entertainment system and in-car Wi-Fi. These gadgets serve to make other passengers happy and allow the driver to enjoy the ride.
The 2018 Ford Expedition will hit the showrooms this autumn, and as we get closer to it, the Blue Oval automaker will inform us about details like price, horsepower and towing capacity. Here we have some photos of the model in Chicago, so sit back, relax and enjoy the new SUV.
Latest reports regarding 2018 Ford Expedition confirms that this vehicle will come based on the new frame and redesigned body that uses a lot of aluminum. The result of these changes is the eight-seat SUV that is now about 300 pounds lighter and brings more space to passengers.
New frame allows extended wheelbase to be employed and in this case, we are getting 3 inches longer wheelbase. Both width and length are increased for one inch plus the interior comes equipped with additional tech options. Event in Dallas was the place where the company unveiled the new SUV, and we expect for more info to come from its presentation at the Chicago Auto Show.
When it comes to trim levels it seems that the new Expedition will be delivered as XLT, Limited and Platinum models. Additionally, XL version should be offered through fleet sales. If even this is not enough for you in terms of size, you can opt for the Max version that is about 8 inches longer than standard model.
Under the hood of the 2018 Ford Expedition there will be no major changes as we will see the same and well known 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost turbocharged unit but this time it should offer slightly more power. This engine will be paired with ten-speed automatic gearbox that is controlled with a rotary knob. Exact figures are not known yet but as we already said more power is expected. Slight improvements to performances are also coming as a result of more power and reduced weight. This is not all as fuel efficiency numbers should go up and are helped with the automatic stop-start system. Similar to what we will be getting for the F-150 this vehicle should come at some point with both hybrid and diesel powertrains.
We have also mentioned that additional tech parts are offered in the interior. Latest Sync 3 infotainment system brings both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay while the wi-fi allows up to 10 devices to be connected at the same time. Since this SUV can transport eight people, it needs more than a couple of USB ports and other power sources. This segment is cowered with six USB ports, four 12-volt outlets, one 110-volt outlet and even the wireless charging.
We expect full details regarding 2018 Ford Expedition to be delivered in the next few days, ot to be more precise, during this week as it will be officially unweiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show that starts on February 11th.
2018 Ford Expedition – Update 12/02/2016:
If you are on the market looking for new SUV, you certainly come across the Ford Expedition. This is one of the most capable models in the segment, and due to the high number of rumors we could hear about it, we know that it is also one of the most anticipated. Recently, 2018 Ford Expedition renderings have emerged, and since we only have spy photos at the moment, this is the closest thing to the final version.
All the cues that we would expect from a vehicle like this are here, and we can see that the final design, at least on rendering, is heavily influenced by the F-150. It is already known that many bits and pieces for this SUV will be borrowed from the truck. What do you think about this rendering? Could this be the final look of Expedition?
2018 Ford Expedition 09/14/2016 Update:
It has been confirmed; the New Ford Expedition will use the F-150 aluminum platform. Slimmed-down and redesigned vehicle will be unveiled during 2017 and offered to the market as 2018 model so be prepared to receive one significant upgrade.
The popularity of SUVs is again rising due to the reduction in gasoline prices, but it is a good question how long will this last. We are fully aware that this situation will not be forever so we need to prepare for days where prices will jump to whole new level. On top of this, we have government emission standards that are moving the bar higher and higher, so one of the solutions is to reduce weight with aluminum.
If we take a closer look at the market situation, we will see that Expedition is not selling that well compared to competitors. Cumulative sale numbers for Expedition and Navigator are at almost 47,000 while GM managed to ship above 100,000 Suburban and Tahoe models for the same period.
Since Ford is prepping full redesign and aluminum platform for 2018 Expedition, it is only logical that it will be able to attract more customers. Changes in the engine department haven’t been announced, but we know that V8 is already out of the game and that EcoBoost units will most likely take over for both base and top of the line trims.
Currently, there are no details about the changes and amount of weight that will be shed with the usage of the aluminum platform, but we saw a significant drop in case of F-150. On top of that, Expedition will not be tortured like the truck is, so the durability and strength of aluminum are more than enough for this large SUV.
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2018 Ford Expedition 08/09/2016 Update:
As the popularity of large SUV’s is increasing again and more drivers are getting these vehicles, manufacturers have the need to offer more improvements in the segment. A similar situation is with the Expedition that has been spied with a large amount of camouflage as it will be obviously ground-up redesign.
Even we didn’t see new Navigator we expect Expedition to come again as a more affordable twin in the corporate lineup. We can notice similarities between Navigator Concept and vehicle on these spy photos. It is obvious that they share similar design language with similarly positioned windshield, straight belt line on the side and very long rear window.
Previous spy photos of Expedition showed SUV that brought front end of F-150 but in a manner, it looked like it is just planted there for test purposes and not to stay much longer. More camouflage at the front is offered so it would hide new grille and headlights that are both smaller than what we are getting from F-150 and previous test mule. Overall impression, even we can’t see everything is that there is a more aerodynamic front segment.
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Looking at the back segment, we can conclude that there are non-LED taillights, but we certainly hope and think that Ford will offer LEDs on top models. This pretty much tells the whole story about exterior changes and upgrades. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see what comes under the hood and body panels.
Upgraded 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine that we saw in F-150 is expected here. Furthermore, there might be some changes for the base engine, and rumors suggest that 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin turbo V6 could be the weapon of choice here. To be honest, we are not sure if this will happen as we are used to see naturally aspirated units as base and cheaper option. From one of our sources, we could hear that the hybrid version is being prepared and that it will utilize well-known 3.5-liter V6 engine in combination with electric motors and battery pack. With this move, Ford would increase its market share and would be able to approach drivers that need large SUV but are also looking for ways to reduce fuel consumption.
When it comes to underpinnings of the 2018 Ford Expedition, the all new T3 platform will be used. Thankfully to this and the fact that lightweight aluminum body will be used it is possible to achieve significant weight reduction. As a result, performances, efficiency, and handling should be improved.
2018 Ford Expedition Exterior Design
That model looked a lot like an F-150 cabin strapped to the back of the older model which could mean that it was just a development mule. Well, a few days ago a couple of journalists managed to spy the future 2018 Ford Expedition once again and this time around the development model seemed to feature a few more new parts added to the mix. So far we know that the upcoming SUV will ditch the old platform in the favor of Ford’s new F-150 platform, so besides the high strength steel, it will also receive the aluminum body of the truck.
Expected Price Tag, Interior Rumors of Ford Expedition
On top of that, the new 2018 Ford Expedition is expected to offer a revised engine as well as a new asking price of around $50,000 which is almost $5,000 more than before. The price increase will likely show inside and out where the new Expedition might finally ditch the F-150 styling in the favor of something a bit more unique. This would help with sales and with customer satisfaction, especially since all the GM products are different than their truck counterparts. On top of the new design, expect from the car more space inside the cabin, as well as much better materials and more features including Ford’s latest Sync unit and much better seats than those on the current generation.
2018 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity, Engine, Performance
Being still based on a truck platform, the rumored Ford Expedition 2018 will very likely be quite capable in off-road, and it will be able to tow almost as much as the F-150 which is 5,000 to 10,400 pounds. This is a great feature to have for an SUV that will be used as a towing vehicle more often than not and with the help of a newly revised 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine with more than 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the upcoming Expedition should handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
Even these are only rumors we think that Ford is on the right path to bring quite a good vehicle that could take even larger part of the market pie.
If you find yourself interested in this new model, you can visit the following link for the current model’s specs: 2016 Ford Expedition.
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Is this the Ford Expedition 2018 Spied in the Wild?
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Latest Updates of new Expedition
We stumbled upon this photo on Yahoo.com and some additional details regarding the new Expedition SUV. If you take a close look at the photo below, you’ll notice that the vehicle is longer, and its front end reminds us of the F-series trucks. Inside, it will have three rows of seats. Most likely, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator will borrow this design as well, with some minor front end changes. Expect both models to arrive in late 2017, for the prices starting from $47,000 up to $80,000. We also learned that a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 will join the 3.5L unit.
Competition: GM’s Suburban-based Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC triplets outsell the Ford/Lincoln duo by more than four to one. And somehow the Infiniti QX80, the soon-to-be-replaced Nissan Armada, and the Toyota Sequoia all outsell the aged Navigator.
2018 Ford Expedition Spy Photos Gallery
2018 Ford Expedition