Introducing the 2018 Ford Expedition
The 2018 Ford Expedition has a flattering resemblance to the new Navigator.
The 2018 Ford Expedition
First off, the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds. With its new aluminum frame, the big SUV has shed as much as 300 pounds while increasing its length by a few inches. Combined with the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, the Expedition is a workhorse. But that doesn’t mean it’s a machine of brute force. It also has some sophisticated tricks up its sleeves (wheel wells?).
Consider the inclusion of the F-Series’ Pro Trailer Backup Assist. This allows drivers to turn the dashboard knob the direction they want their trailer to go and track its progress through the infotainment screen. This is much easier than the alternative, which is looking over your shoulder while turning the wheel in the opposite direction.
Aesthetically, Ford has introduced the transparent C-Pillars which create the appearance of a floating roof. Additionally the only remnant of the Expedition’s boxy past is the rear end, which, while pretty square, is at least sharply cut. Elsewhere, the Expedition is smooth and modern. The broad “C” headlamps smartly frame the new grille, and its shiny mesh, nicely. All things considered, the Expedition has never looked better. The inside isn’t too shabby, either.
Obviously, cargo (and passenger) space is a healthy component of what makes the Expedition appealing. The 2018 model features three spacious rows of seating with room for up to eight people. The middle row can fold, tip, and slide to match whatever seating configuration you can imagine. The third row can also fold down which, in combination with the rear space, allows you to bring along almost anything you could stuff in the bed of a pickup.
Even more space if provided by the new e-shifter that replaces traditional levers. Admittedly, that may terrify some old-school drivers. Some poorly designed shift knobs sit beside the vehicle’s entertainment system and are easily mistaken for volume control. But the Expedition’s e-shift lever is along the console and perpendicular to the entertainment system, so you shouldn’t mistake it. Plus, getting rid of the lever opens up valuable cargo space to distinguish the Expedition from its competitors.
If that cargo is of the human variety, it should be pretty comfortable, too. Everything from the windshield backward has been engineered to reduce cabin noise. The SYNC system has been refined, too. “In a SYNC Connect-equipped Expedition, you can use FordPass to remotely start, lock and unlock your vehicle. You can also track its location and check things like fuel level and mileage. All from your smartphone.”
The 2018 Ford Expedition will arrive later this year. If you can’t wait, check out the current generation by hitting the link below.