March 24, 2017
Last month, Ford Motor Company unveiled its all-new 2018 Ford Expedition. Ford went back to the drawing board for its design and this model is a complete redo. It took many in the auto industry by surprise, as this Ford vehicle has remained nearly unchanged in the 15 years since its inception. In fact, the 2018 Ford Expedition was recently named one of Car and Driver's 25 cars worth waiting for.
The long-awaited 2018 Ford Expedition shares some design features with the post-2014 F-150 pickups such as its lighter weight aluminum body, multiple high-tech features, and a newly designed fuel-efficient drivetrain. The new Expedition is about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessors. While this is not a huge weight difference it will help with fuel economy. New driver-assist technologies on board this vehicle include adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance systems, lane keeping, and an optional 360-degree camera system that makes it easier to park the large SUV. Drivers can also choose to add an onboard wifi hotspot, optional video screens, the “Pro Trailer Backup Assist” system, and extra places to plug in mobile devices.
The body of this vehicle looks strikingly similar to the Ford Explorer, its handsome and well-selling relative. Developed in partnership with General Motors, this SUV will come with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost turbo V6 with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford will release the fuel economy and horsepower ratings before the official launch of the 2018 Ford Expedition this fall. This vehicle is being built alongside Ford’s line of Super Duty pickups at their Louisville, Kentucky plant. The price tag for the Ford 2018 Expedition is expected to start at about $47,000 for the base model.
There is no denying that the demand for car-based crossover SUVs has been climbing over the past several years, Ford has honed in on the market for SUVs that are more truck-based. These SUVs are equipped to handle more difficult terrain and to pull heavy trailers. Currently, about three-quarters of the truck-based SUV market belongs to GM with the Chevy Tahoe, the Cadillac SUV, and the GMC Yukon. Lower gas prices over the past year or two have been linked to an increase in SUV sales. Even if gas prices increase to over $3 per gallon again, there is still a need for vehicles that can handle tough terrain and carry larger groups or a lot of cargo.