The next-generation Ford Expedition, due to hit the market in 2017 as a 2018 model year vehicle, will use aluminum body panels to help save weight.
The brand confirmed the news to its investors, along with its plan to introduce four all-new SUVs in the near future to further capitalize on the hot segment.
Moving to an aluminum body will help the Expedition shed several hundred pounds, therefore increasing fuel efficiency. Currently, only the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is available with Ford’s large SUV, and though nothing was mentioned by the brand about powerplants, it would make sense for Ford to offer it with at least the small 2.7-liter EcoBoost available in the F-150.
Ford wants to challenge GM in the large SUV market, where its Expedition is outsold by the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. Through August 2016, the two Chevy nameplates have combined for just over 14,000 units sold while Ford’s SUV has seen just over 5,000 units moved.
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