[Photos] 2018 Ford Expedition Gets Lighter Aluminum Body, Tons of Technology
Ford on Tuesday revealed the 2018 Ford Expedition ahead of its world premiere at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. As has been expected for some time, the next-generation Expedition adopts the high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame foundation of the next-generation F-150, helping the full-size SUV save as much as 300 pounds over the previous generation.
“When Expedition was introduced 20 years ago, it set the standard for active families who simply needed a big and strong SUV to take them places,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Today’s families want even more smart technology to help them cover more ground safely, more efficiently and more comfortably—all while staying connected to friends and family.”
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As has been the case with the F-150 and 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty, the new Expedition is billed as the smartest and most capable iteration ever built, as well as the most adaptable. The 2018 Expedition boasts more than 40 features and driver-assist technologies, including first-in-class enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and 360-degree camera.
Convenience-wise, the new Expedition will receive all of Ford’s top-of-the-line techs, including Wi-Fi hotspot, SYNC®3, SYNC Connect, rear seat entertainment system, and a 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system. The 2018 Expedition will also be the first Ford vehicle available with a wireless charging pad built into the front center console.
It will also be the first full-size SUV to come with a sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide, making third row access even easier. Both the second and third rows will fold flat at the push of a button, providing interior utility capable of handling 4×8-foot plywood sheets.
In terms of performance, the Expedition receives the venerable combination of 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with standard Auto Start-Stop and 10-speed automatic transmission, which in turn makes it the most powerful Expedition ever built. The new Expedition will also be offered with Intelligent 4WD, Terrain Management System™, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist to accentuate that performance.
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