The 2018 Ford Expedition -- The most off-road capable Expedition Ever
The wrenches over at Ford Motor Company are going on an all-new Expedition.
And we're not talking about going through the Dearborn Hiking Trails.
With consideration in breathing new life into the twenty-one-year-old SUV line, the Expedition will come equipped with the lucrative FX4 package for the 2018 year. Synonymous with the off-road capabilities in the F-Series, the FX4 package has been a mainstay favorite for the fellas who prefer dirt to asphalt. Now, Ford will bring that same idea to the Expedition and take the idiom from “grocery hauler” to “off-road ready”.
The All New Terrain Management System™
Starting at the XLT trim, the FX4 Expedition bears Fords’ twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine with a grand galloping of 375 ponies and 470lb-ft of torque, along with the 10-speed automatic transmission. As with the F-Series, the FX4 Expedition screams off-road creditability with off-road tuned shocks, side steps, 18” FX4 styled wheels, and about a dozen skid plates to protect the more vital areas of your rugged ride, such as the engine, transmission, transfer case, and fuel tank. The Expedition FX4 also comes with an all-new electronic limited-slip rear differential to make it that much easier to tackle dirt, mud, sand, and boast the class-leading 9,300 pounds of towing.
The FX4 Expedition also mirrors some of its smaller brother’s Explorer Sport technology with the new Terrain Management System™. This enables the adventurous to optimize their driving dynamic to environmental conditions—from snow, to mud, sand and much more.
Best In Class tow rating of 9,300 pounds.
“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition vehicle engineering manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”
Aesthetically speaking, the FX4 package also gives a little more recognition courtesy of the aforementioned 18” dynamic wheels, chrome running boards, and a shorter spoiler, along with the FX4 badging. With Ford claiming that about 20% of current Expedition owners happen to use their beloved SUV for off-roading skirmishes, the company believes that the FX4 package will deliver and do the SUV travelling justice.
Although Ford hasn’t announced pricing for the Expedition FX4, strap in and prepare to hit the lot with about $50,000 at the starting line. Not since the Bronco will we have seen the likes of something so eye-appealing and worthy of dirt-trails beyond the daily life of concrete confinement. As for your next Expedition excursion, it will be the most off-road Expedition ever.
Truck fans across the country have eagerly awaited any bits of information about the next generation of Ford's off-road beast, the F-150 Raptor and this week the Blue Oval dished all the goods at the Detroit Auto Show! With a twin-turbo EcoBoosted 3.5L V6 putting out 450hp mated to a segment exclusive ten-speed automatic transmission and thirteen inches of suspension travel with huge twin-chamber Fox shocks to cushion the fall back to earth, the all new Raptor is sure to have waiting lines at many dealerships this fall!
From the Ford Press Release:
"DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – Eagerly anticipated and still unmatched by any auto manufacturer, Ford – America’s truck leader – introduces the all-new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever.
Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is unique among off-road and performance vehicles, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.
F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with four full-size doors provides rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails and more space to stow gear while exploring the American and Canadian wilderness. SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.
“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind – without sacrificing comfort and space.”
Advanced materials – including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy – help save up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile off-road.
Toughest F-150 Raptor ever
The all-new F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
F-150 Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks – the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for enhanced stability off-road.
The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.
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