After a relatively quiet 2017, Ford bounces by this year with two new offerings, one of them being the all-new Expedition. Released in North America back in January last year, Ford's largest SUV has made its local debut. Like its predecessor, it comes only in extended wheelbase form.
Boasting its new corporate face, the all-new Expedition EL comes with a pair of large headlights and a wide grill. It follows the form of the Explorer with its upright fascia and slim intakes on the front bumper. The sides see an upright profile with a defined character line above the door handles. As for the rear, large, upright tail lights wrap around the corners of the SUV. Much like the outgoing model, a bold chrome trim piece connects the lights with the name Expedition boldly displayed at the center. It then rides on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.
Just how big is the all-new Expedition? Length measures in at 5,665 mm, making it one of the longest SUVs in the local market today. Wheelbase measures in at 3,342 mm, width is at 2,030 mm while height is at 1,936 mm. Despite the dimensions, Ford claims that the all-new Expedition is up to 136 kg less than the outgoing model thanks to the extensive use of aluminum in its body and structure.
The Expedition Limited's rugged theme continues on the inside. Its center stack sees vertical air-conditioning vents with a large infotainment screen in the middle with the latest SYNC technology. Drivers are then greeted by a semi-digital display for its instrument cluster. Instead of the traditional gear selector, the Expedition uses a rotary dial to cycle through the gears. Air-conditioning covers all rows of seats with second row occupants being able to adjust their own settings. Lastly, sound is channeled via a Bang and Olufsen audio system. Bringing in more light into the cabin is a panoramic sunroof. With its large exterior, the Expedition offers room for seven and a sizeable cargo area even with the third row propped up.
Powering the Expedition is an uprated version of the company's 3.5-liter, turbocharged V6. The Ecoboost engine pumps out 375 PS and a stump-pulling 637 Nm of torque, a gain of 10 PS and 68 Nm over the outgoing model. It then shifts via a ten-speed automatic transmission. Philippine-spec Expedition EL Limited models all come with four-wheel drive.
There are two types available for the all-new Ford Expedition Limited EL, namely the standard model and one with captain's chairs for the second row. The model range starts at Php 4,258,000 to Php 4,358,000.