The Ford Expedition is actually going legit off-roading for 2018.
Sure, it will probably still primarily function as the ultimate suburban hauler, but an all-new FX4 package makes things more interesting.
Ford says the FX4 package is designed for the more than 20 percent of Expedition drivers who take their models on off-road adventures.
FX4 features include stiffer off-roading shocks, all-new electronic rear slip differential, skid plates, side steps, and chrome running boards. Ford also boosted the ride height slightly to help with off-road clearance.
Unique 18-inch magnetic metallic-painted cast aluminum wheels are wrapped in all terrain tires with thicker sidewalls for gravel roads and better traction.
Exterior bling, because just because your camping doesn’t mean you don’t want to look cool, includes chrome running boards and special FX4 badging.
All-New 2018 Expedition
All-new for 2018 is the aluminum-alloy body helping shed 300 pounds and upping available towing to 9,300 pounds.
A new Terrain Management System comes with a variety of drive modes including normal, tow/haul, eco, and grass/gravel/snow. The FX4 package adds on a mud/rut mode and lets you manually choose between 2- and 4-wheeldrive depending on what you want and need.
2018 carries over the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine but it’s more powerful. The XL, XLT, and Limited trims add 10-more horsepower for a 375 total. Torque goes up 50 lb-ft to 470.
Platinum trims boost up to 400-horsepower with 480 torque.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission comes standard along with, unfortunately, start/stop technology.
The new 2018 cabin by the numbers offers six USB charging ports, four 12-volt power plugs, and 15 cupholders. New tech and safety feature options are a wireless charging pad, WiFi, park-assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and collision avoidance.
Second-row seats tilt and slide for easy third-row access.
More to Come
Don’t mistake the FX4 for the dune-hopping Raptor. It’s more built for the beach and off road camping trips. But Ford does plan to build a Raptor SUV for 2020 if that is what you’re looking for.
The all-new 2018 Expedition to go on sale this Fall with the new FX4 package.
We’re still waiting on pricing, but it will likely continue to start under $50,000. Expect to pay more than that for a fully loaded FX4 model.
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