It’s no secret that Ford is currently working on the fourth-generation Expedition SUV. Though it was previously expected to mirror the sheet metal of the current F-150 pickup. The latest batch of spy shots seems to be suggesting otherwise. The redesigned Expedition is more likely to feature its own exterior styling while adopting the aluminum-intensive platform of the aforementioned F-150. The all-new version of this Ford full-size SUV is also expected to receive enhanced versions of the powertrains it currently uses, with a hybrid-powered model to join the lineup at a later date. According to the latest reports, the 2018 Ford Expedition will bow at the 2017 Detroit motor show in January, with sales likely to start in the second half of the year.
2018 Ford Expedition Redesign
The brand new Expedition as well as its more upscale 2018 Lincoln Navigator twin will be underpinned by the same steel-frame and aluminum body as the latest F-150. However,the most recent 2018 Ford Expedition spy photos suggests that this new full-size SUV is due to adopt a unique styling. It will stray significantly from the new F-150. Compared to the blocky pickup, it will feature a less steeply raked front end. It also be conventional window openings instead of the stepped belt line. Also, the C- and D-pillars will get a less blocky design that’s more in line with the smaller Explorer SUV.
The redesigned Expedition will sport swept-back headlights and a reshaped front grille adorned with large amounts of chrome. Other exterior elements seem to be inspired by Lincoln’s SUV concept . Such as the roof supports and windshield base that has recently made its public debut on it. In that sense, expect the upcoming Expedition full-size SUV to give us a hint at what the new Lincoln Navigator will look like.
When it comes to the engine lineup, the 2018 Ford Expedition will have two updated V6 engines at its disposal. In addition to an enhanced version of the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost, there will be a 2.7-liter unit offered as base engine. The Expedition will also be equipped with the new ten-speed automatic transmission and start/stop technology. As for the hybrid version, it will use the 3.5-liter V6 but its launch is not likely to happen before the 2019 model year.
Pricing and Competition
Official pricing figures have yet to be revealed but we expect the 2018 Ford Expedition to be priced higher than the current. Expedition model 2017 starts just above $46,000. After the upcoming redesign, the Expedition will be in a better position to rival the likes of Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon XL Denali.