Is the 2018 Ford Expedition better than ever? It’s certainly more stylish.
When properly equipped, the Expedition can really compete with the Lincoln Navigator with which it shares a platform. You may not be able to add the stunning turbine wheels, but you won’t feel too disappointed. The Expedition Platinum packs a new linked chrome grille and 22” polished aluminum wheels. The 2018 Expedition also offers the Navigator’s transparent rear roof pillars which gives the appearance of a floating roof. More importantly, it allows the Expedition to appear a bit more fluid, and a much less boxy than previous iterations.
As a full-sized SUV, the Expedition brings big performance expectations. But it doesn’t disappoint. Comfortably, the 2018 Expedition can fit eight people. When you aren’t carrying that many passengers, you can fold the second and third-row seats flat. The amount of cargo space in the optimal arrangement is pretty astonishing. Of course it also has 4X4 capability and what is expected to be best-in-class towing.
Ford’s biggest SUV is also expected get some help from new technology. First, Ford is offering available Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The system, which makes use of the rear camera, allows users to invert their perspective. Instead of turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the trailer’s path, users can simply turn the backup knob the way they want to go and the Expedition’s steering will be automatically adjusted. Additionally, the new Terrain Management System with seven available drive modes will match performance to your driving conditions. Finally, Ford has introduced a new rotary gear shift dial. The dial replaces the shift column, opening up space for cargo and an improved center console.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is a behemoth. But it has some slick tricks up its sleeve. All of the design elements have been tuned to ensure your drive is quiet. Even the windshield has been optimised to reduce interior noise. The rear view camera is standard, as is its washer. The SYNC system has been refined, too. “In a SYNC Connect-equipped Expedition, you can use FordPass to remotely start, lock and unlock your vehicle. You can also track its location and check things like fuel level and mileage. All from your smartphone.”
Adaptive cruise automatically moderates your speed based on the speed of the vehicle in front of you. That makes piloting the Expedition on the highway much more relaxing. The Lane-Keeping System, meanwhile… keeps you in your lane. And the available Active Park Assist can scout busy streets for an Expedition-sized parking space and guide you into it automatically. Who would have thought parallel parking a full-sized SUV could be easy?
We’ll keep you updated as to when the 2018 Ford Expedition will be available.