Well the long wait is over. We’re finally getting our first look at the brand new, long-awaited, Ford Expedition.
Ford unveiled the long overdue updated model this week in the Dallas area ahead of the Chicago Auto Show and I was on hand for the big show. It included Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of the Americas, along with Stephen Jones, EVP of the Dallas Cowboys.
It’s an impressive looking SUV from the first glance. It’s also, of course, huge. It seats eight people and there is more legroom in the new generation model since Ford stretched the wheelbase by about four inches.
It may be longer, but it’s slimmed-down and lighter thanks to its new aluminum body and re-designed steel frame. The combo helps the Expedition shed 300 pounds, which equates into better fuel economy. Though we don’t have those numbers yet.
Design wise, it’s much sleeker-looking than the current generation model. It reminds me of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator concept I checked out last fall. Since Ford owns Lincoln that’s not a huge surprise. One of the cool things is a new optional panoramic sunroof that spans two rows.
Ford unsurprisingly updated the power train. It has a new, more powerful version of the 3.5-liter Eco-Boost V6 in the current model. It’s paired to Ford’s all-new 10-speed transmission that Ford built jointly with General Motors.
And yes it does come with standard stop-start technology.
Ford also says a newly available electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD will improve off-road capability by sending power where it’s needed.
Now to the inside.
After sitting in the driver’s seat of the new Expedition, I have to say the seats are mighty comfortable and feel very supportive. It’s also very roomy. There is more legroom for all the eight passengers, even those way back in the third row. There are power sliding second-row seats and reclining third-row seats.
Drivers who love a lot of space to put all their stuff will like the increased cubby hole space on the new model.
But the biggest note is all the technology inside. Ford’s really gone out of its way to amp things up in the department, like its done with its other new models.
For one, it’s the first Ford vehicle to offer wireless charging on the center console. Plus there is a Wifi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. There are power outlets galore including a 110-volt. It comes with Sync3 with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In the back, there is a rear seat entertainment system with two video screens.
Head to the trunk area and you’ll find a new customizable storage space, a feature Ford really wanted to point out. It has what you’d call a raised ‘lip’ so things won’t fall out when the lift gate opens.
Expect a ton of the usual driver assistance technology too. Plus it will offer Ford’s 360-degree camera view and the pro-trailer backup assist feature.
You can get the Expedition in an XLT, Limited and Platinum trim. There is an XL version for fleet customers and I happened to hear someone at the event talking about placing an order for quite a few of those.
The new Expedition will be built at Ford’s plant in Kentucky. It’s due out in the fall.