After being around for a decade, the discontinuation of the current Expedition has been finally announced by Ford. The upcoming 2018 Ford Expedition is going to take its place and its release has been planned for the first half of 2017. There have been plenty of rumors about the car so far and it seems that some of them may not be true. The Expedition will remain based on the chassis of the F-150 which also means it will use the all aluminum body that made the truck so successful. There will be differences though which we are going to talk about next.
2018 Expedition – In detail
The first actual prototypes of the new Ford Expedition 2018 have been spied a few weeks back and things are a lot more interesting than first reported. The design seems new, the engines might surprise us and the technology involved will definitely give it an edge. The price is still unknown but the car will more than likely retain the pricing scheme of its predecessor. Expect the base model to start around $47,000 which is right where the competition is.
The same as the F-150?
Even though the 2018 Ford Expedition is going to share most of its underpinnings with the truck, it seems that the running gear will be new. The SUV will feature a new suspension system which is aimed at making it a much more comfortable, and better to drive, car than before. The tow ratings will change because of that. It should still be capable of towing as much as 8,000 pounds but this is still more than 4,000 less than the equivalent F-150. On top of that, the Expedition will more than likely receive an active suspension system, at least as an option.
The design of new Expedition Ford
This is the largest surprise for most of us. The early rumors and renders all suggested at a front end identical to the F-150. This has been the case in the past as well so it made sense. However, Ford is not going to follow the same recipe. The prototype seen a while ago is definitely having an entirely new front end, something a lot more similar to the Explorer. The headlights, and grille for that matter, are swept back. The bumper seems more aerodynamic and the fenders and hood give it a really muscular look. The belt line is also lower than on the truck and the rear end is a lot less bulky. The D and C pillars seem to be blacked out for a really upmarket look. The cabin will more than likely follow a completely different trend than the truck. We expect here a lot of influences from Ford’s crossovers.
Under the hood of 2018 Ford Expedition
The current model is available with a single 3.5 liter V6 engine. The new 2018 Ford Expedition on the other hand might get two or even three choices. The base one is expected with a 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6 that could offer around 320 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5 liter V6 will return. However, this will be an all new unit which could make 370 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to it, the car should be capable of delivering around 19 to 20 MPG on average. The performance will also improve significantly thanks to the massive weight loss.
The only transmission that will be offered is more than likely going to be Ford’s new 10 speed automatic. There are also some rumors suggesting at a third powertrain. This would be a 3 liter turbocharged diesel from Jaguar. However, we are not so sure about it. While on the truck it would make a lot of sense, the Expedition is not really suitable for such an engine.