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    2018 Ford Expedition Drops 300 Pounds Thanks To Aluminum


    • Aluminum is kind of a big deal


    The current-generation Ford Expedition has been with since 2003 and despite the refreshes and engine changes that have in the past few years, it was time for a new model. Today, Ford unveiled the next-generation Expedition.

    The big news is the Expedition's body switches from steel to aluminum, dropping curb weight by 300 pounds. In terms of design, the Expedition's lines have been smoothed out along with a new front end that is similar to the Explorer. There will be two versions of the Expedition - the standard wheelbase (adds four inches to overall length, three inches in wheelbase) and Expedition Max (renamed version of the EL).

    The interior becomes a bit smarter thanks to a new dash that is borrowed from the F-150. The Expedition can seat up to eight and features a sliding second row that offers tip-and-slide functionality - allows you to enter the third row without removing a child's seat. On the tech front, the Expedition gets Sync 3, Sync connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility; wireless device charging in the center console, six USB ports, and the option of 4G LTE wireless internet access.

    The Expedition is sticking with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 as its only engine. Ford isn't talking power figures, but we wouldn't be shocked if it matches the F-150's 375 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic routes power to either the rear or all four wheels. 

    The 2018 Ford Expedition will go on sale this fall in XLT, Limited, and Platinum. A base XL model will only be offered to fleets. Expect pricing and power figures sometime before then.

    Source: Ford
    Press Release is on Page 2


    ALL-NEW FORD EXPEDITION REDEFINES FULL-SIZE SUVS WITH ADAPTABLE INTERIOR, SMART TECHNOLOGY FOR EVERY OCCUPANT

    • All-new Ford Expedition – the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever – provides families generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their next adventures
    • Flexible seating and storage solutions include second-row tip-and-slide seating that provides easy access to the third row even when child seats are installed; new, more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission are expected to deliver the best towing capability of any full-size SUV
    • Ford introduces the all-new Expedition today with an assist from the Dallas Cowboys in Texas – America’s best-selling full-size SUV market; Dallas firefighters join Ford to surprise a local first responder with an all-new Expedition

    DALLAS, Feb. 7, 2017 – For today’s active families, Ford introduces the all-new Expedition – the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever – with technology to keep every passenger connected, more power for drivers, and more expected towing capability than any other full-size SUV.

    The all-new Expedition makes its debut today with an assist from the Dallas Cowboys in Texas – America’s best-selling full-size SUV market.

    “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.”

    Smartest Expedition ever

    The all-new Expedition offers more driver-assist technology than any other full-size SUV.

    In addition, an all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame form the foundation for Expedition’s rugged off-road and strong towing capabilities. Thanks to the use of advanced materials, the all-new Expedition saves up to 300 pounds, and the team reinvested that weight savings everywhere it counts to give customers more technology and convenience features than ever before.

    More than 40 features and driver-assist technologies new to Expedition help make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.

    These include class-exclusive enhanced active park assist to easily pull in and out of parking spots, as well as available 360-degree camera technology to help customers see more around their Expedition for easier parking.

    On the road, Expedition’s lane-keeping aid is designed to reduce unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside its intended lane, while adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go allows drivers to set a cruising speed, using radar and camera technology to monitor traffic to maintain a set distance between vehicles.

    Its collision avoidance detection system helps drivers avoid other vehicles or pedestrians, while available Blind Spot Information System helps monitor blind spots outside the driver’s immediate view.

    In addition, Expedition offers available new connectivity technologies and convenience features, including:

    • Wireless charging; Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature this system, which allows customers to place compatible mobile devices on an integrated charging pad conveniently located in the front center console
    • Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle
    • Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video experience that allows passengers to view their home cable programming on either of two video screens or hand-held devices
    • SYNC® 3, with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, allows drivers to stay connected on the move
    • SYNC Connect lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass® to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also allowing access to important vehicle diagnostic information
    • Power for passengers in every row, with four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a 110-volt power outlet that lets passengers stay charged and connected
    • 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound experience even audiophiles will appreciate
    • Advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf behind the third row lets owners create a storage space customized to whatever they’re hauling; even when parked on a hill, cargo won’t roll out the back of Expedition when the liftgate is opened
    • Panoramic Vista Roof spans two rows, a feature not offered by any competitor

    Most capable Expedition ever

    Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine with standard Auto Start-Stop plus a class-exclusive new 10-speed automatic transmission, the all-new Expedition is the most powerful Expedition ever. A newly available electronic limited-slip differential on models with Intelligent 4WD enables improved off-road capability by sending power where it’s needed.

    More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.

    Plus, an available hands-free liftgate makes loading cargo easy.

    Most adaptable Expedition ever

    The all-new Expedition has a roomy, flexible interior. With seating for up to eight people and their gear, this full-size SUV makes modern family adventures more comfortable during short and long trips alike.

    The all-new Expedition is the first full-size utility to feature a sliding second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality, providing easy access to the third row without the need to first remove a child safety seat. Once in the third row, even adults will appreciate more legroom and reclining seats.

    Expedition’s second- and third-row seats can be quickly folded flat with the push of a button to open up a cargo area wide enough to handle 4x8-foot sheets of plywood and other gear, depending on cargo weight and load distribution, even with the liftgate closed.

    Even the drive is more adaptable, with Expedition’s all-new Terrain Management System™ that lets customers choose between drive modes for optimal vehicle handling in different conditions. This includes normal for around-town driving, sport for more spirited trips, tow/haul for improved towing and hauling performance, eco for enhanced fuel economy, grass/gravel/snow for loose terrain, sand for low traction situations, and mud/rut for uneven surfaces.

    Revealed today

    The all-new Ford Expedition is being unveiled at Ford Center at The Star with Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys chief operating officer and executive vice president.

    Last fall, Ford and the Dallas Cowboys surprised Dallas firefighters of Station 43 by refurbishing their station. Ford is now working with both the Cowboys and the fire station to surprise a local first responder with an all-new Expedition to continue his unstoppable level of service and enable new family adventures.

    The all-new Expedition is available in XLT, Limited and Platinum series. In addition, an XL version is available for fleet customers, from law enforcement to emergency services. To help customers choose the right amount of interior room for their families, all series are available on the extended-length Expedition MAX.

    The all-new Expedition is part of Ford’s plan to grow its SUV leadership with five new vehicles for North America in the next four years.

    The all-new Expedition arrives this fall. It is built at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky. 

     

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    Adjustable suspensions, when you have to get under the hood or car, are a completely different animal and don't really count when we're talking about everyday vehicles like those air suspensions benefit.

    As far as I know, the adjustable system is changed from inside the cab on the GC and Ram Power Wagon. 

    What are you talking about Willis?

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    33 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    As far as I know, the adjustable system is changed from inside the cab on the GC and Ram Power Wagon. 

    What are you talking about Willis?

    Talking about the SRT adjustable suspensions Stew was talking about.

    2 hours ago, Stew said:

    Correct.  GC and Ram both have 2 versions of their airride suspension (Ram/off-road for Rebel and GC/even more offroad orientedTrailhawk).  Also, all of the SRT cars and SUVs have Bilstien adjustable suspensions that work VERY well. 

    @dfelt 

    This is what my reply was to.

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    19 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Talking about the SRT adjustable suspensions Stew was talking about.

    @dfelt 

    This is what my reply was to.

    The SRT suspension is controlled through the cabin.  Can't remember if there are buttons or it is all controlled through the performance pages.  Throttle response, transmission, suspension, and feel of the power steering can all be adjusted.  I believe you are thinking pretty old school like the manuall adjustable konis that came on the 84 to Mustang SVO.  I think it would have cool if the SVO had come with the adjustable suspension from the time period Thunderbird Turbo coupes and Cougar XR7s.  Pretty basic, choices were like auto and sport, but still all electronic. 

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    20 minutes ago, Stew said:

    The SRT suspension is controlled through the cabin.  Can't remember if there are buttons or it is all controlled through the performance pages.  Throttle response, transmission, suspension, and feel of the power steering can all be adjusted.  I believe you are thinking pretty old school like the manuall adjustable konis that came on the 84 to Mustang SVO.  I think it would have cool if the SVO had come with the adjustable suspension from the time period Thunderbird Turbo coupes and Cougar XR7s.  Pretty basic, choices were like auto and sport, but still all electronic. 

    Addition to your comment...

    " Fiddling with the SRT Performance Pages functions on the center-stack screen allowed us to add weight to the steering, which was good for self-centering and muscle-building but not much else. We also dialed up the firmness of the Bilstein shocks; the Sport mode provides a little better connection to the road but the Track mode is rather too stiff for the street ".

    So as we can see, like what Ccap mentioned, these Bilstein dampers are not of the continuously variable family like we see on equivalent Ford or GM vehicles. 

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2015-dodge-charger-srt-392-first-drive-review

     

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    31 minutes ago, Stew said:

    I believe you are thinking pretty old school like the manuall adjustable

    Absolutely, I guess I didn't realize there were adjustable dampers but non-special-magnet-style ones. How the fck do those ones work then?

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    11 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

    Addition to your comment...

    " Fiddling with the SRT Performance Pages functions on the center-stack screen allowed us to add weight to the steering, which was good for self-centering and muscle-building but not much else. We also dialed up the firmness of the Bilstein shocks; the Sport mode provides a little better connection to the road but the Track mode is rather too stiff for the street ".

    So as we can see, like what Ccap mentioned, these Bilstein dampers are not of the continuously variable family like we see on equivalent Ford or GM vehicles. 

    http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2015-dodge-charger-srt-392-first-drive-review

     

    Actually they do continuously change in the basic automatic/comfort modes.  The sport and track are simply to keep it stiff so to speak.  My brother's ATS has Magnaride but it has distinct modes for the suspension including a sport mode that really stiffens it up.  No, it isn't exact same type of system as it doesn't use magnetic fluid, but it have multiple sensors that allow it to adjust in mere fractions of a second. 

    9 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Absolutely, I guess I didn't realize there were adjustable dampers but non-special-magnet-style ones. How the fck do those ones work then?

    Just as a side note, i would still love a nice 85.5-86 SVO. 

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    1 minute ago, Stew said:

    Actually they do continuously change in the basic automatic/comfort modes.  The sport and track are simply to keep it stiff so to speak.  My brother's ATS has Magnaride but it has distinct modes for the suspension including a sport mode that really stiffens it up.  No, it isn't exact same type of system as it doesn't use magnetic fluid, but it have multiple sensors that allow it to adjust in mere fractions of a second. 

    Thank you Stew.

     

     

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    This 2018, being such an improvement over the truck it's replacing - the one that was victorious in its latest and last comparison against the then new Tahoe - should be well received in the marketplace and help elevate this vehicle to greatly improved sales numbers. 

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    I find it crazy how quickly this segment is heating back up.  The new Armada, this, The GM twins should receive a MCE real soon and then we have the Ram based Grand Wagoneer coming. 

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    It will be interesting to see if the Grand Wagoneer ever happens... I'm surprised they didn't just reskin the Durango in Jeep clothing 5 years ago...(since the 3rd gen Durango is basically a LWB 4th gen GC).

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    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    It will be interesting to see if the Grand Wagoneer ever happens... I'm surprised they didn't just reskin the Durango in Jeep clothing 5 years ago...(since the 3rd gen Durango is basically a LWB 4th gen GC).

    At least it is confirmed at this oint and they are getting ready to overhaul the plant so it should be interesting.  i wonder if Toyota will ever give the Sequoia and Tundra a complete redesign?

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