Ford’s commitment to aluminum has paid off in spades, as evidenced by extreme weight savings and efficiency boosts in its F-150 truck line. And now everyone’s favorite atomic number — 13, for anyone who doesn’t remember high school — finds itself making up a big part of the 2018 Expedition SUV. But that’s not the only newness on this latest revamp from Ford. (Related: you saw that Ford is promising a hybrid Mustang, right?)
The Blue Oval claims the Expedition showcases 40 new features and driver assist technologies that make its latest suburban attack vehicle easier and safer and more pleasant to drive. Of special note: advanced park assist (for those narrow shopping mall spaces), lane-keep assist, radar cruise control, collision avoidance, wireless charging (the handiest feature no one uses), wi-fi hotspot and SYNC 3 infotainment.
A 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with start/stop tech and Ford’s new 10-speed transmission provide motivation; an electronic limited-slip differential is available, too. Couple that powertrain with Ford’s Terrain Management System, and you’ve got a very capable off-roader. Interior seating is flexible: sliding, tilting and stowable seating make for a space large enough to swallow sheets of plywood with ease.
Lastly, while the visual redesign is in line with other Ford products, we can’t help but think the low-slung front fascia looks a bit too electric-shaver-meets-snowplow.
What do you think? Follow the link below to watch Ford’s official launch video — and listen to the decidedly cowboy-friendly background muzak.