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2018 Ford Expedition – Bigger And Better!
You’re looking at The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV; one of the biggest aluminum-bodied car productions ever known to man. Switching from the basic steel body panels of the previous models, the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV comes with a lighter-weight material that engineers were able to reduce by up to 300 pounds. Let’s go right into the details.
The 2018 Ford Expedition’s design is much softer and better. From the side view, it looks generic, and has this big-Explorer feeling to it. The front end is a nice blend of cues from Ford’s crossovers and the updated 2018 F-150 pickup.
The design has a higher belt line than the outgoing model, which means less glass. The weight loss engineered for this model, allowed Ford to make the standard-size Expedition longer by four inches with a three-inch wheelbase stretch, while the extended-wheelbase Max model, which replaces the Expedition EL, is an inch longer overall. Both are wider as well, and the overall height drops just a bit compared to the current models. The body-on-frame utility will continue to be offered in 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
The 2018 Ford Expedition Power comes from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine. The 2018 Expedition will also get the latest version of that engine backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission which is expected to produce up to 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It comes with engine auto stop-start as well as active grille shutters to manage airflow and improve fuel economy.
The 2018 Expedition and its long-wheelbase counterpart offer three rows with eight seats or seven if you go for the optional captain’s chairs. The basic interior structure is borrowed from the related F-150 pickup. The differences include details like the door skins and the addition of a second small glove box for the SUV. And to that end, this 2018 model has twice the cubby space of the old one, because Ford found that current owners have theirs so full of stuff. And between cup and bottle holders, there are 17 places to stick a drink in the new Expedition. This is truly a family car.
In addition, the second-row seats can now tip and slide to provide access to the third, and they can do so while a child safety seat is in place. The third row can recline, which can be a help when putting taller folks back there. Power fold seats are available, with buttons in the rear to release all seats and both raise and lower those in row three. When all of the seats are down, they now create a flat load floor, and it still fits 4×8 sheets of plywood.
Wireless charging for phones, a WiFi hotspot that reaches 50 feet from the vehicle, Sync 3 infotainment on an 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, the FordPass app, and to keep everything charged, there are six USB ports standard, plus four 12-volt plugs, and an available 110-volt AC outlet.
Adding the rear seat entertainment package brings another USB port, plus connectivity to your cable TV at home through Sling. There is a pair of screens on the backs of the front seats for those in row two, while those in the way back can stream the show on devices they bring and connect to the in-vehicle WiFi connection. Just everything you need to keep yourself from being bored on family trips.
A 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping, collision mitigation, and enhanced active park assist. Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you steer a trailer using an intuitive knob on the dash, has been brought in from the F-150.
The Expedition and long-wheelbase Expedition Max will go on sale in the fall of 2017. Generally, the model will once again be produced at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Trim levels will once again include XLT, Limited, and Platinum models, as well as a less expensive XL model aimed at fleets.
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