The Expedition has been a dependable full size SUV ever since it was released nearly a decade ago. In the meantime it received numerous updates and even a new engine. This allowed Ford to offer better performance, and fuel efficiency, than some of its newer rivals which is quite impressive. However, its chassis is showing its age so it will be replaced by a new version. This will be the 2018 Ford Expedition which has already been seen testing in the wild in quite a few configurations. The SUV will continue to use Ford’s full size truck chassis with most of its benefits. This means that it will have an aluminum body, a high strength steel ladder frame, independent suspension front and back as well as coil-springs all around.
2018 Ford Expedition – The prototypes
The early prototypes of the upcoming Ford Expedition 2018 were using the front end from the F-150 Sport edition. However, more recently things changes quite a bit. For starters, the design is new and the new Expedition seems to be lower than its truck counterpart. We do expect some differences between them considering the completely different target audience. So far Ford has not announced when it will be released. Considering how far into development they are, we might see the first production ready vehicles in the early 2017. The price is likely going to stay as it is. This means the base cars will cost around $46,000 with the top end models going for more than $70,000.
Some suggested that because the 2018 Ford Expedition will use an aluminum body, it will look identical to the F-150. Luckily this is not the case. Instead, the latest camouflaged prototypes seem to take quite a bit from Ford’s smaller crossovers such as the Edge or Explorer. The Expedition seems to have a rather aerodynamic front end, swept back headlights and a much more aggressive look than its truck counterpart. The rear end is also different. The truck-like construction from the original is gone. The new model seems to have a much nicer look that was designed by an actual team of designers and not some engineers.
The interior of 2018 Ford Expedition
Considering where the exterior is going in terms of design, we expect the interior to follow up closely. The upcoming 2018 Ford Expedition will more than likely get a unique design for its dashboard and cabin’s layout. It seems that the dashboard will go for a more car-like design which would really elevate the experience inside. This will also allow Ford to basically storm the competition and come up on top once again. There are no real drawbacks for this approach so Ford should be more than capable at delivering a great experience all around.
2018 Expedition – Under the hood
The current model is only available with a 3.5 liter twin-turbo engine. The upcoming 2018 Expedition is expected to follow closely. There will more than likely be a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 but this time around we should see the new generation. These engines are capable of nearly 500 lb-ft of torque and around 375 horsepower which is considerably more than the competition. When coupling this power with the 1,000 pounds lower weight, the Expedition will become a real threat for all of its rivals.
Expect better than 23 MPG on the highway which would be really impressive. Ford will likely thrown in their new 10 speed automatic into the mix as well. Rear wheel drive will be standard with an optional all wheel drive borrowed from the F-150. There is also a small chance that Ford will also release a second engine for it with their smaller 2.7 liter twin-turbo V6. This would be able to match GM’s 5.3 liter V8 while being with up to 30 to 40% more efficient.