The 2018 Expedition: Pushing the Envelope
The All-New 2018 Expedition
Ford has finally introduced an all-new Expedition. By the beard of Zeus, the previous generation lasted an entire decade. In the meantime, GM has released a new Tahoe, Escalade, and Yukon; Nissan has released a new Armada, and Dodge has released a new Durango. Ford has certainly taken its time planning the 2018 Expedition, but it seems like their diligence paid off. The sleek full-size is great… maybe too great.
While the 2018 Expedition has been on sale since late last year, you’ll have a hard time finding one. It appears Ford greatly underestimated the desire for its new SUV: examples of the full size are spending, on average, only 11 days on the lot. Meanwhile, it’s big brother, the Lincoln Navigator, is disappearing even more quickly, with sales increasing by 89% in January.
As a result of the scarcity, Ford has ordered increased production from its Louisville, Kentucky factory where both vehicles are built. It’s also taken the unprecedented step of excluding the full-sized SUVs from corporate lease programs. You might be wondering what has made the 2018 Expedition so desirable, so let’s take a look.
All right. Let’s dedicate an entire paragraph to aesthetic appreciation. The 2018 Expedition is gorgeous. Ford has somehow managed to retain its iconic squareness while also making it much more fluid and athletic. The new sculpted grille, which connects seamlessly to the headlights, creates a pretty striking face, that’s not disappointed by the rest. The rear window wraps around the side creating the en vogue floating-roof aesthetic and giving the Expedition an appearance of leanness. Finally, nearly every choice in the wheel lineup is the right choice (an 18” aluminum set is standard).
The 2018 Expedition continues to facilitate comfortable and convenient (mundane) travel for seven. But its greatest strength is the fact that it can do those things in all conditions with flash and style. That is reflected in the fact that most customers skip the base model XLT for the higher trims.
For upgrading, customers get much more comfort and convenience, specifically. The Platinum model, for example, comes with Multicontour leather seats featuring Active Motion, PowerFold seats, B&O Play Audio. Ford has also given it standard advanced safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping, Head up Display, and Enhanced Active Park Assist. That level of sophisticated driver assistance is useful in any vehicle. But in a SUV the size of the 2018 Expedition, it’s an even greater boon.
Each model of the 2018 Expedition comes with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine paired with the 10-speed Selectshift automatic. The combination delivers 12.4 L/100km combined fuel economy, an improvement of 13.8% (aided by aluminum construction), and 400 horsepower, a 9.6% improvement. The Expedition remains a rough and tumble SUV with standard 4X4, Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control. Despite its flashy new looks, drivers will need it to tow, haul, and take on challenging terrain. In all those categories, the new model excels.
And when you need to gear up for your next ex…cursion, you’ll have plenty of space. The Expedition boasts 2962L of cargo space behind the front row while the Expedition MAX has 3439. You can also configure all three rows for different seating or storage choices. With any layout, your passengers get a solid combination of space and comfort.
The 2018 Expedition is available now, but like we mentioned above, the supply is currently limited. If you want to reserve a 2018 Expedition, or simply learn more, contact one of our excellent product specialists.