After launching its smallest SUV is Los Angeles last fall, namely the Ford EcoSport, the Blue Oval this week headed to Dallas, Texas (where everything is always bigger, as you know) to unveil its largest: the redesigned and reinvented 2018 Ford Expedition. Built at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, it will hit the market this fall.
Look for more driver-assist technology than in any other full-size SUV, Ford claims, including enhanced active park assist and a 360-degree camera. The 2018 Expedition also benefits from an all-new, high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame ensuring rugged performance while simultaneously saving up to 136 kg (300 lbs)
This weight reduction allowed Ford to give customers more technology and convenience features than ever before, such as a wireless charging system for mobile devices, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system, SYNC 3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, SYNC Connect allowing owners to start, lock, unlock, and locate their vehicle from anywhere while also providing access to important vehicle diagnostic information, plus an available 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium sound system.
The interior of the 2018 Ford Expedition can accommodate up to eight people and their gear. The sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality ensures easy access to the third row without the need to first remove a child safety seat. In the back, even adults will appreciate the increased legroom and reclining seats.
Interestingly, both the second- and third-row seats can be quickly folded flat with the push of a button to create a floor wide enough to fit 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood and other cargo, even with the liftgate closed. An available power liftgate and adjustable shelf behind the third row make loading cargo easy.
Need even more room? Limited and Platinum trim levels can be ordered as long-wheelbase Expedition MAX models.
As for power, the 2018 Ford Expedition gets a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with standard Auto Start-Stop plus a class-exclusive new 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s expected to deliver the best towing capability of any full-size SUV, Ford says. Pro Trailer Backup Assist will make it all a breeze, too.