Ford is rolling out the Expedition and Explorer special editions. Using the State Fair of Texas as the backdrop, it’s introduced four 2019 special-edition models: the Expedition Stealth Edition, Expedition Texas Edition, Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, and Explorer Desert Copper Edition.
Texas is Ford’s biggest market for the Expedition. Texas represents nearly 25 percent of retail sales nationally and outnumber combined sales in Florida and California, the second- and third-largest Expedition markets. That means nearly one in four Expeditions sold in the United States is sold in Texas.
All four new special-edition models are available for order later this year. They are:
Expedition Stealth Edition:
The 2019 Expedition Stealth Edition is a blacked-out version of Ford’s largest people hauler. It features gloss-black accessories and rolls on 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels and includes continuously controlled damping. Gloss-black features include grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate and hitch cover, headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels, and taillamp housing. Black “Expedition” badging adorns the front, while the tailgate features a black “Limited” badge. Door handles are body color, and red interior stitching accents the interior
Expedition Texas Edition:
The 2019 Expedition Texas Edition adds 22-inch wheels and new Texas Edition badging to build upon the existing Special Edition Package available for Limited models. The Limited already comes with Cargo Package, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and enhanced active park assist.
Explorer Limited Luxury Edition:
The 2019 Explorer Limited Luxury Edition offers appearance upgrades based on the Limited series. Explorer owners can opt for 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, multi-contour seats, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation, an upgraded leather steering wheel, door trim with leather inserts and chrome mirror caps
Explorer Desert Copper Edition:
The Explorer Desert Copper Edition starts with the XLT model. Upgrades include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, Ebony Black leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats and door trim panel. There are copper highlights in the cabin.
Ford SUV Sales
Ford says its SUV sales are on pace to set another record this year. Last year, Ford set a sales record when it closed 2017 with nearly 800,000 SUVs sold. In the past six years, Ford has grown its North American SUV sales by 28 percent, hitting a number of milestones across its lineup of SUV nameplates:
- Edge recorded best-ever total annual sales of nearly 143,000 vehicles
- Escape recorded best-ever total annual sales of more than 300,000 vehicles
- Explorer recorded its best sales year in more than a decade with 238,056 SUVs sold
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