It’s been years since the Ford Expedition really got a complete overhaul. Sure, they’ve freshened it over the years. They’ve added a little tech and wrapped it in different sheet metal since it first came out, but it hasn’t really changed all that much.
Until now, that is. Ford rolled out the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition at the Chicago Auto Show and showed what the future holds. That future looks pretty good for acolytes of Ford’s mega-SUV.
Following in the footsteps of the aluminum alloy-bodied F150, the newest Expedition shed 300 pounds of body weight, allowing designers to reallocate those weight savings to other parts of the vehicle.
Today’s SUVs are a far cry from your grandpa’s Grand Wagoneer, and this one manages to cram in a lot of the latest tech.
Ford claims more than forty features and driver aids “help make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.” Some of these new features include lane-keeping, adaptive cruise, wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot that works up to 50 feet away from the truck. Every row has power availability as well, with four 12-volt and six USB outlets.
Hustling the new Louisville, Kentucky-built body down the road is Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine – rumored to be rated at 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque – mated to their new 10-speed automatic. Ford expects this combination, combined with their Tow/Haul drive mode and Pro Trail Backup Assist, to be the best towing capability of any full-sized SUV on the market today.
All of this new sheet metal is expected to hit the streets this fall. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but if pricing is anywhere close to where the current model is, expect it to start just south of $50,000 and top out somewhere above $70,000.