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Ford proclaims the 2018 Expedition as the shrewdest and most capable
Ford debuted the new Expedition on February 7, 2017 with a little help from the Dallas Cowboys football team. Boasting exceptional connectivity, advanced assist technology, more towing capability, and 40 features that include several unseen in its competitors, the Expedition is hailed by Ford as the “smartest, most capable, and most adaptable” one yet.
Packed into the formidable SUV is an abundance of safety features and handy electronics; the 2018 Expedition comes with more high-tech driver assists than any other segment-sharing vehicles. On the go, adaptive cruise control comes with stop-and-go using collision avoidance detection and a Blind Spot Information System that makes uses of both camera and radar technology. A 360-degree camera helps with spatial awareness and maneuvering the large SUV into parking spaces is a cinch thanks to Active Park Assist.
For the tech savvy, the 2018 Expedition offers an abundance of in-car amenities. The SYNC® 3 connectivity system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as SYNC Connect with FordPass which afford remote vehicle management. A dual-headrest entertainment system for rear passengers lets them view their own cable programming on video screens or handheld devices. The Expedition can also act as a WiFi hotspot for 10 devices with a range of 50 feet from the vehicle.
It is the first from Ford to integrate a wireless charging pad, which can be found at the front center console. For more traditional methods, each row has four 12-volt power outlets, a 110-volt outlet, and 6 USB chargers. Audio is enjoyed via a premium 12-speaker B&O PLAY system.
Interior configuration is more modular than ever in the Expedition; it can seat up to 8 people including luggage and can take a 4x8-feet piece of plywood with the lift gate closed. The second row promises easier access and better leg room to and for the third row, thanks to tip-and-slide functionality.
Seat folding automation extends to all rear passenger seats so that both third and second rows fold flat to the vehicle’s floor with a simple push of a button. An advanced cargo manager prevents loads from rolling out when the lift gate is opened, especially when on an incline. Cargo space is also customizable with an adjustable shelf located behind the third row seats.
Unique to the Expedition is the a panoramic vista sun roof that spans two rows. For those towing, either for utility or for travel, it features Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The lift gate’s system can also be operated hands-free.
Under the hood lies a new 3.5 L EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop technology and mated to an exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. Models with Intelligent 4WD get an electronic limited-slip differential and an all-new Terrain Management System™, allowing drivers to select different driving modes on the fly to match a variety of road conditions. Power output has yet to be released, but the new Expedition has managed to shed 136 kg of weight thanks to advanced materials used in its rugged construction. Ford has given it a new high-strength aluminum alloy body on a robust steel frame to meet more rigorous off-roading and towing demands. The 2018 Expedition is available in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims — all of which also correspond to 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,” said Ford President of The Americas, Joe Hinrichs. “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.”