Words: Stephen Spyropoulos
Photography: Stephen Spyropoulos / Ford Canada
Published: August 8, 2017
Lake Joseph, ON – In the full-sized sport utility segment, General Motors is known to be the kingpin. Their Holy Trinity of full-sized SUVs include the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and Chevrolet Tahoe, and each of them have been recently updated with new technology and competitive pricing. Ford on the other hand has the mighty Expedition – more like an expired expedition. It’s a great family hauler but if you are thinking of getting one, wait until 2018.
You see, the Expedition has not received any huge revisions in a whole decade, but things have now changed. The 2018 Ford Expedition sits on a brand new platform with a turbocharged V6 engine that hopes to give those GM V8s a run for their money. I spent a few days near Lake Joseph, about 2 hours north of Toronto, to take a close in-depth look at the new Expedition and to see just what it has in store.
Sharing its undercarriage with the Ford F-150 pickup, the new Expedition features an aluminum body in an effort to decrease weight. This of course means better fuel economy and more responsiveness. The Expedition is also longer, wider, and has an 70mm of extra wheelbase, all while shedding over 136 kg in weight. Those wanting even more size, can get the Expedition Max, which will add 203 mm to the overall length.
Space inside the Expedition has increased as well. Improved head- and leg-room gives the Expedition a very airy and comfortable setting. The Expedition has great accessibility to the third row, and the seats back there are capable of reclining, and can hold three people in moderately comfortable conditions. A panoramic roof has been added to give the cabin the illusion that there is even more space. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to drive the Expedition but sitting in the driver’s seat, I can imagine taking one of these on a very long road trip without having to stop for a stretch.
Built in the good ol’ Louisville, Kentucky plant, the Expedition will feature the F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. It will be paired to the new 10-speed transmission. Power figures are just under 400 horses, with over 450 lb-ft. of torque.
The frame of the vehicle has been reinforced to be extremely rigid. This Expedition will also be the only Ford to get the Lincoln-produced continuously controlled damping system. We have experienced the active suspension setup on the new Lincoln Continental, and can attest to the difference it makes.
Technology wise, it will be a marvel for techno-geeks: Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to ten connections at once, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the implementation of Sync 3, a Bang & Olufsen Play sound system with 12 speakers, wireless charging for your phone, and trailer back-up assist for when you need to tow a trailer.
The exterior has been updated to follow suit with newer Ford models. The Platinum trim we saw in Muskoka looked absolutely terrific with big wheels, tonnes of chrome and a big beltline to leave an imposing presence on the road.
I am very eager to see just how the 2018 Ford Expedition performs on the streets. Finally, for the first time in over a decade, the blue oval is set to have a contender to take on the General. Also, don’t fret that the Expedition has a V6 motor. It’s capable of towing 4,218 kg which is more than what the GMs can tow. Stay tuned for when we get a chance to really get a taste for what this Expedition has to offer.