Eric Tipan / | February 08, 2017 11:43
Ford calls the 2018 Expedition as the smartest, most capable and adaptable Expedition
Ford Motor Company, with a little help from NFL team Dallas Cowboys, unveiled the all-new Expedition that is more advanced in every way possible than the previous generation.
In order to enhance safety for its passengers, the all-new Expedition comes with more driver-assist technology compared to models in the same segment. It comes with Active Park Assist, 360-degree camera technology to see around the vehicle, a lane-keeping aid, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go that uses radar and camera technology, collision avoidance detection system and Blind Spot Information System.
To make the drive more pleasant, it also has features for the tech-savvy occupants. The all-new Expedition is the first Ford vehicle to use wireless charging using an integrated pad on the front center console. It also capable of Wifi hotspotting for as many as 10 devices as far as 50 feet away from the vehicle. Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices. To handle mobile devices, it comes with SYNC® 3 that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and SYNC Connect with FordPass to remotely manage the vehicle.
Every row comes with four 12-volt power outlets, six USB chargers, a 110-volt power outlet and audio comes from a 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system.
Interior configuration of the all-new Expedition is more configurable than ever before. It can seat up to 8 people, including baggage, but it is also capable of handling a 4x8-foot sheet of plywood and other gear even with the liftgate closed.
The second row features a segment-first seat with sliding and tip-and-slide functionality for easy access to the third row and more legroom as well.
Ford expands the automation of the folding third row seats all the way to the second row so that, with a push of a button, both rows fold flat to the floor. It also comes with an advanced cargo manager that uses an adjustable shelf behind the third row to allow owners to customize the boot depending on the cargo. The system will even prevent gear from rolling out while loading is done while parked on an incline or a hill and the liftgate is open.
A new 3.5L EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop technology has been installed under the hood and mated to a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Official output figures remain to be disclosed. It also comes with a new electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD that uses an all-new Terrain Management System™ that will allow drivers to choose between modes to handle various terrain and road conditions.
The body of the all-new Expedition uses an all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame for high towing capability and reduced weight of up to 136 kg.
It also comes with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a hands-free liftgate system and a panoramic vista roof that spans two rows, another Expedition-exclusive.
The all-new Expedition is available in XLT, Limited and Platinum series. All series are also available on the extended-length Expedition MAX.
“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. 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,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.