The largest SUV from Ford and a three-row at that, the fourth generation that was introduced in 2018 comes with a host of improvements and refinements. It continues to be built on body-on-frame (BOF) architecture, but is lighter now due to the use of high-strength lightweight materials.
The body is constructed from aluminium-alloy, while the frame is constructed from boron steel. In terms of appearance, designers have blended design DNA from Ford’s current range of crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks In that way, the Expedition could be considered as essentially an F-150 pick-up with three rows of seats. The 2018 Expedition is available in three trim levels: XLT, Limited, and Platinum. Two sizes — short or long wheelbase are available with these trims. The long-wheelbase versions add an extra 9.1 inches to the wheelbase and get Max badging.
The SUV is powered by the latest verson of Ford’s turbocharged EcoBoost 380hp 3.5-litre V6. In Platinum trim, the V6 output is bumped to 400hp. Both engines are paired with new 10-speed automatic transmission was co-developed with General Motors. Rear wheel drive is standard and each version can be ordered with four-wheel drive. Stop/Start technology is a standard feature.
Torque from engine is sent out to the wheels through a two-speed dual range transfer case with electronic locking center multi-disc differential. Four-wheel electronic traction control (ETC) and ABS “brake locking” work on the front differential. Expedition’s off-road electronic aids include Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Ascent Assist (HAA) and Terrain Management System adapted from the Ford Raptor. Terrain Management is capable of working with 4L mode, like the Ford Raptor, and offers seven drive modes to choose from which include Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. The four-wheel drive system has 3 (three) direct drive modes — 2H, 4A, and 4L.
The XLT is available in either 4X2 or 4X4 configurations, as well as in the MAX style gets cloth upholstery, keyless access with push-button start, eighteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a 60/40 second-row bench seat with ‘CenterSlide’ seats. Push-button start and a power-folding third-row seat are now standard.
Limited is built with either a 4X2 or 4X4 build, each with a bigger MAX build. The Limited key features include in-vehicle wi-fi with available SYNC Connect, a hands-free foot-activated lift gate, and standard 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. Seats are leather-trimmed, heated and ventilated. Second-row power folding tip and slide, third-row seats power fold and recline, also third-row gets power-folding headrests.
Platinum models are the most luxurious with a long list of bespoke features beginning with high-end interior fit-and-finish and luxury interior and exterior appointments. Real wood trim and metal accents, soft-touch materials, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen luxury sound system, dual panel panoramic glass roof with power shade, soft premium diamond-quilted perforated leather climate-controlled and massaging seats with French seam stitchwork, soft leather wrapped dash, steering wheel, and door panels come with single and double stitched ornamental stitching.
The Platinum’s signature exterior gets LED headlamps vertically stacked in headlamp nacelles, LED turn signal lamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lamps and diffused LED tail lamps with LED brake lamps. That’s not all — an off-road factory package Expedition FX4 is also available in both standard and MAX versions with electronic locking limited-slip rear differential, off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tyres, Seven different skid plates, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome running boards, FX4 badging on the liftgate and front mudguard and new rubber floor liners.
Ford claims at least 40 new technology applications are in the Expedition including connectivity and infotainment now. Actually, the Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature wireless mobile charging, Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle, dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience that allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices, SYNC3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android capability with SYNC Connect that lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also allowing access to important vehicle diagnostic information beside 12v, USB and 110volt power outlets.
Active-safety features include blindspot monitoring to full-speed automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning.
|Engine||V6 3.5L RWD|
|No. Of Gears||10A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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