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Ford's All-New, Fleet Ready 2018 Expedition

December 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

by Mike Antich - Also by this author

The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission produce up to 400 hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy and towing capability. (Photo: Mike Antich)
The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission produce up to 400 hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy and towing capability. (Photo: Mike Antich)

On Nov. 7, 2017, Ford introduced the all-new Expedition, which is built at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky.

One significant change for the 2018 Expedition is an all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame. This is the foundation for Expedition’s rugged off-road and strong towing capabilities. Using advanced materials, the all-new Expedition saves up to 300 pounds and the development team reinvested that weight savings everywhere it counts to give customers more technology and convenience features than ever before.

The XL version is available for fleet customers, from law enforcement to emergency services. To help fleets select the right amount of interior room, all series are available on the extended-length Expedition Max. In addition, the all-new Expedition is available in XLT, Limited, and Platinum series.

The second-row features tip-and-slide seating that provides easy access to the third row. The third row features power-reclining seats. The Expedition’s technology including wireless charging, USB ports in every row. (Photo: Mike Antich)
The second-row features tip-and-slide seating that provides easy access to the third row. The third row features power-reclining seats. The Expedition’s technology including wireless charging, USB ports in every row. (Photo: Mike Antich)

For work crew applications, the all-new Expedition is the first full-size utility to feature a sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality, providing easy access to the third row. Once in the third row, there is more legroom and all-new reclining seats. The 2018 Expedition is designed to increase the productivity of mobile workers. It is available with a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports as many as 10 devices at once — up to 50 feet from the vehicle.

The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission produce up to 400 hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy and towing capability.

The 2018 Expedition is loaded with technology. It offers adaptive cruise control with Stop-and-Go and collision avoidance detection. It also includes wireless charging, four 12-volt power points, up to six USB ports positioned in all three rows, and a 110-volt outlet.

Driver-assist features include a lane-keeping system, BLIS (blind spot information system) with cross- traffic alert, and enhanced active park assist.

The 2018 Expedition is available in two wheelbase options — the standard Expedition and Expedition Max. With the second- and third-row seats folded flat, the standard Expedition has a cargo volume of 104.6 cubic feet and the Expedition Max has 121.4 cubic feet. The fold-flat floor creates space large enough to haul sheets of plywood with the liftgate closed. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)
The 2018 Expedition is available in two wheelbase options — the standard Expedition and Expedition Max. With the second- and third-row seats folded flat, the standard Expedition has a cargo volume of 104.6 cubic feet and the Expedition Max has 121.4 cubic feet. The fold-flat floor creates space large enough to haul sheets of plywood with the liftgate closed. (Photo: Ford Motor Co.)

Increased Towing Capabilities

Expedition delivers 9,300 pounds of towing capability. It also features class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist, making it easier than ever for customers to tow and haul with confidence. For off-road applications, Expedition offers the FX4 Off-Road Package, which includes a patented electronic limited-slip rear differential, off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, seven different skid plates, unique 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels, chrome running boards, FX4 badging, and new rubber floor liners.

An all-new, easy-to-use Terrain Management System lets FX4 customers select from seven special drive modes that help an Expedition automatically adapt to different road conditions. This includes normal for urban applications, tow/haul for improved towing and hauling performance, eco for enhanced fuel economy, grass/gravel/snow for loose terrain, and for low traction situations and mud/rut for uneven surfaces.

Expedition FX4 drivers also can manually select either 2WD or 4WD modes in a given drive mode. 

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