2018 Ford Expedition debuts with aluminium body
The Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV that has not changed a lot since 2003. But Ford has completely overhauled their family hauler for the 2018 model year. The new Ford Expedition is now being showcased at the on-going Chicago Motor Show and it is a completely new model from the ground up.
The new model has grown in length, while the long wheelbase model has been renamed the Expedition Max. It uses an all-aluminium body that helps the new model to shed 136 kg despite the growth in length. The Expedition also offers wheels sizes from 17 to 22 inches.
A completely revised front end evokes the design of Ford’s pickup range with the ‘C’ shaped headlights flanking the massive mesh grille. From the side, it looks as if Ford literally had the competition in mind while they penned the beltline. At the rear, the blackened D-pillars give an impression of wraparound windows. The oversized tail lamps are connected by a chrome slat with the Expedition name on it.
The engine choices are not clear yet but the 3.5-litre EcoBoost in the current 2017 model will continue to do duty for sure. The outputs may be hiked a bit though. In the outgoing model, this power plant makes 365 hp. The 10-speed automatic already offered with the F-150 and the Mustang may replace the existing 6-speed unit. Engine stop-start system will be standard.
The 2018 Ford Expedition will go on sale this September in the United States. Expect a UAE, KSA and GCC debut by summer next year.