2015 Expedition: Ford’s Full-Size SUV Gets Updated, Upgraded
Ford has given us our first full look at the 2015 Expedition ahead of its release later this year. While bigger, bulkier utility vehicles have arguably been eclipsed by their more compact kin, the Expedition looks to dazzle with a reinvigorated look; a quieter and more refined ride; and a well-honed combination of technology, power, and fuel efficiency.
Gallery: 2015 Expedition Revamped, Refined
“Customers still have a need for a traditional full-size utility vehicle and the new 2015 Expedition delivers what those customers are looking for,” said Keith Wilson, Expedition marketing manager. “These are Ford’s more affluent customers who won’t compromise – they want space, performance, comfort and capability all in one impressive package.”
The 2015 Expedition comes standard with three rows of seating and a possible 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. A 131 inch long wheelbase version ups the ante with a best-in-class cargo capacity of up to 130.8 cu. ft.
New exterior enhancements include a new front fascia with LED for lamps; revised rear hatch; chrome-tipped exhaust; and a completely new wheel lineup. An all-new Platinum trim offers two exclusive interior options: Brunello leather-appointed seats in a new red wine color with tuxedo-stripe accents and French-seamed stitching, or Ebony leather-appointed seats with Agate Gray accents.
Other trim levels include the XLT, Limited, and King Ranch series, each of which will boast unique finishes to better reflect the individuality of the driver.
The 2015 Expedition will utilize new sound dampening material in cabin pillars, center console, headliner, and door trim panels to reduce unwanted engine noise. Sound insulation in the wheel wells serves to reduce the sounds of the road, acoustic glass in the windshield cuts down excess interior noise, and sound absorbing carpet ensures that the updated Expedition is the quietest ever built.
The 2015 Expedition will be offered with only one engine: the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic, it will generate 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and available best-in-class towing up to 9,200 lbs. Expedition will also be the first Ford vehicle to offer a continuously controlled damping suspension with three selectable drive modes – comfort, normal, and sport.
Technology-wise, the new Expedition will be the smartest by far with available features such as SYNC with MyFord Touch, 8” touchscreen display, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Sony® Audio System, passive entry with push-button start, rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and ambient interior LED lighting.
Source: Ford Motor Company
- Evelyn SmallwoodContributor
Evelyn Smallwood is the General Manager at Ted Britt Ford of Fairfax. She is originally from Cleveland, OH and came out to the Washington, DC area to study at American University. Since graduating, she has been with Ted Britt Ford for 13 years. She is a loyal Wizards fan, and also enjoys volunteering for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during her free time. The motto that she and her staff at Ted Britt Ford Fairfax live by is “One Team, One Plan, One Goal! Be a Part of it!”