The eighth-generation 2018 Ford Expedition has been officially introduced for the first time at the Dallas Cowboys training facility some time ago. The all-new SUV uses high-strength lightweight construction materials consisting of aluminum and boron steels. Secretly developed under the U553 codename, the 2018 Expedition relies on a body-on-frame architecture and has switched from steel body panels to the lighter materials. The result is a 2018 model year is now 300 pounds lighter than the previous generation.
The current Expedition model looks a bit odd since it has the same basic design as the 2007 model year. However, the 2018 Ford Expedition is much more handsome, softer and more Explorer-like. While the front end design is more similar to the new F-150 pickup truck, and looks similar to the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. Given that the new model is lighter than the previous generation, the new Expedition has a standard size longer by four inches and a wheelbase that spans three inches. The new model is also wider but its height decreases slightly compared to the current models.
The new Expedition SUV now has a higher beltline and less glass than the previous generation model. In addition, the standard Expedition size is also four inches longer with a 3-inch stretched wheelbase. This new model will still be available in 4×2 and 4×4 variants.
2018 Ford Expedition Specs
The Dearborn automaker offers a Twin-Turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine on the 2018 Expedition, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Although Ford has not revealed data on power output and torque, the new SUV is expected to deliver 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque like the F-150 pickup truck. Standard features include auto stop-start and active grille shutters that improve fuel economy and manage airflow. Active noise reduction is offered on the top Platinum model.
The 2018 model year comes with an all-wheel-drive system that maintains a two-speed transfer case and receives Terrain Management System dial from the Ford Explorer. Ford was also installing electronic locking limited-slip differential on the latest Expedition as standard equipment. There is also an electronic shifter with rotary dial, which is useful to free up space in the center console.
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The 2018 Ford Expedition comes with Continuously Controlled Dampers aka adaptive suspension and retains its independent rear suspension. While the front suspension has been revised which makes the weight is reduced and it’s expected to improve driving comfort. However, most buyers are more concerned with interior design and multimedia features.
2018 Ford Expedition Interior
The latest Expedition has a similar interior design to the Ford F-150 pickup, especially on the front row like the previous generation. This large SUV will also still be available with three rows and eight seats as standard equipment, while seven seats are available as optional. The second-row seats can now be shifted to give access to the third row. There are some differences between the latest models versus the outgoing models, including the door skin and second small glove box. The 2018 Expedition is also equipped with a small space that is twice larger than before.
Ford is also offering Advanced Cargo Manager, which is hinged rack system for the cargo area that can accommodate loads up to 50 pounds. Advanced Cargo Manager is located on the third row of seats as the shelf package that serves to keep items from running out of the back.
As for the interior features, Ford has provided many tech features that include 8.0-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, WiFi hotspot, SYNC 3 Infotainment System, six USB ports and much more. On the other hand, there are several safety and comfort features like blind-spot monitors, 360-degree camera system, enhanced active park assist and adaptive cruise control. Ford also offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist brought from the F-150 pickup truck and allows the driver to steer the trailer using intuitive buttons on the dashboard. The 2018 Expedition SUV is expected to be able to improve the best-in-class tow rating which is currently rated at a maximum level of 9,200 pounds.
2018 Ford Expedition Price and Release Date
Speaking of release date, the 2018 Ford Expedition is scheduled to go on sale at US dealerships this fall. The price tag is expected to be not much different from the current model that starts at $47,000 for the base model and $80,000 for the top trim model. There are several trim level options that include XLT, Limited, Platinum, and XL trim. The latest Expedition will still go to the production line at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, United States.