2018 Ford Expedition, New SUV Advanced Tech Safety Features – Ford reinvented the full-size Expedition SUV. The Ford Expedition 2018 will make its public debut in the Chicago Auto Show. The Ford Expedition and long-wheelbase Ford Expedition Max will go on sale in the fall of 2017.
Ford developed the 2018 Ford Expedition on a steel frame. However, the model is up to 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing version. The upgrade made the weight reduction possible due to the widespread usage of aluminum in its construction.
Its front end embraced a bolder style characterized by a strip of chrome trim, connecting the headlights and the mesh-style grille. The upmarket variations will get fog lights surrounded by C-shaped trim. A crease right above the door managed to decrease the 2018 Ford Expedition visual mass.
The interior of the Ford Expedition 2018 is impressive. Slashgear noted that there is enough room for approximately eight passengers spread out over three rows of seats. The second and third rows will fold flat at the push of a button to reveal a cavernous cargo location.
The cargo area is big enough to fit a 4 feet by 8 feet sheet of plywood. The basic Expedition is huge in measurement. Consumers who will need much more space can choose a long-wheelbase model called the Expedition Max.
The new design will have a higher belt line than the outbound model. The weight loss allowed Ford to make the standard-size Expedition longer by four inches with a three-inch wheelbase stretch. Meanwhile, the extended-wheelbase Max design, which replaced the Expedition EL, is an inch longer.
The Ford Expedition and Expedition Max are huge. The total height dropped only a bit compared to the current models. In an attempt to hide some of the height and protect more headroom, Ford raised the roofing in between the rails.
Ford has likewise upped the ante with Expedition’s technology. The list of convenient features will include a wireless phone battery charger, a hands-free tailgate and a WiFi hotspot. The car will have 12-volt power points, a 110-volt outlet and six USB ports to keep all gadgets powered. The company properly geared the Ford Expedition 2018 for it to easily act as a mobile workplace.
The only engine available is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that will move through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Despite the lack of details to date, experts believe that the Ford Expedition 2018 model will approximately have the same power as the F-150. The innovation included engine automobile stop-start along with active grille shutters to manage air flow and enhance fuel economy. Ford piped in a synthesized engine sound on the models, which will likely replicate the sound of a V8.
The car’s technology will include adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Ford also added a 360-degree camera, which will make driving much safer. Drivers can likewise remotely start, lock and unlock the 2018 Ford Expedition by means of a purposely-designed mobile phone app called FordPass.
Ford Plugs In: Electric SUV and Hybrid Mustang on The Way – Ford has announced plans to launch 13 electrified vehicles in the next five years, including hybrid versions of the ever-popular Mustang and F-150.
So far, the company’s confirmed seven of the upcoming hybrid and EVs. The most notable is an all-electric SUV, with a claimed 300-mile range. It’s due to arrive in 2020 and will be available in Europe, North American and Asia.
Ford will be producing a plug-in hybrid version of the Transit Custom van, set to be offered in Europe in 2019, as well as a hybrid F-150 for North American and Middle Eastern markets. The pick-up, which is due in 2020, is stated to feature ‘powerful towing and payload capacity, and will operate as a mobile generator’.
There will also be an autonomous hybrid car by 2021, designed for ride sharing and hailing businesses, two new hybrid police pursuit vehicles and a – get this – hybrid Ford Mustang.
That’s right – the iconic fossil fuel-powered pony car will get a hybrid powertrain in 2020. It’ll be offered in North America to start with, and is mooted to deliver V8-like power but far more low-end torque.
Refreshingly, Ford says that one of its key aims for many of its new hybrids and EVs is to ‘make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive’. Here’s hoping that statement proves true, and that the new cars don’t focus solely on chasing incredulous low emissions and claimed fuel economy figures…
Ford will be investing over £570 million in new facilities at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, in order to build the new models, creating some 700 new jobs over the course of the next four years.
The renewed focus on EVs and hybrids is part of Ford’s gradual shift towards becoming a ‘mobility’ company, providing vehicle services and technology – like route planning and EV fleet management – as well as the cars themselves.
Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford, said: ‘As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better.
‘Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years.’