Ford gives Expedition the ability to go anywhere with FX4 upgrade
So you want to explore the great outdoors with your Ford Expedition? Well, the EL EcoBoost V6 offered locally can do just that right out of the showroom floor. But let's say you wanted something with a bit more extra features, chunkier tires, as well as a taller ride height?
Good news for those that are actually looking for something like that as the Blue Oval recently revealed the 2020 Expedition Limited FX4. That's right, the top-of-the-line version of the SUV over in the US is now available with the additional off-road package.
For starters, It now comes with huge 32-inch all-terrain tires that wrap around 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels finished in metallic gray. It also gets a total of seven skidplates that protect the underbody of the Expedition. These include a sand shield that safeguards the turbocharger intercoolers, steel plates that shield the steering gear, engine, transmission and transfer case, and a full-length guard for the fuel tank.
Aside from those chassis upgrades, Ford was also busy making the Expedition have better approach angles. Thanks to a shortened chin spoiler up front, Ford claims the FX4 can now tackle uneven terrain with ease. Finally, chrome-plated running boards with angular step bars provide extra off-road protection, as well as passenger convenience.
Under the hood, the Expedition Limited FX4 is powered by the familiar 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Like the non-FX4 versions, the six-cylinder produces a healthy 375 PS along with 637 Nm of torque. It is then coupled to a ten-speed automatic transmission, with a two-speed electronically-controlled four-wheel drive transfer case. It even gets a 3.73:1 electronic limited-slip differential and a heavy-duty radiator.
To help drivers see better out of the Expedition, the FX4 off-road package also gives the SUV a 360-degree camera system. This allows the driver and passenger to have a better view of their surroundings, especially in off-road conditions. The 360-degree around view system also works alongside the Co-Pilot360 that features a host of driver-assist technologies like pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind spot information, and a reverse camera.
With its host of off-road upgrades, this gives the Expedition a better chance of going off the beaten path and exploring the great outdoors more. But will we see it in the Philippine soon? Hopefully Ford can offer it as an available extra or as an indent order. If they can ship the Explorer, Expedition, and the Mustang all the way from the US to the Philippines, we reckon they can do well by offering the FX4 package to local customers.