Ford just revealed its 2015 Expedition SUV with one engine option: the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
The company will officially unveil its new full-size utility vehicle tomorrow during the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show. One transmission – a six-speed automatic – will be offered with the popular twin-turbo engine. A normal and extended wheelbase model will be offered. The standard wheelbase is 119 inches while the extended model is 131. Respectively, they offer 108.3 cubic feet of storage space or 130.8 for the larger version.
Ford is also equipping the new Expedition with continuously-controlled damping just like the Navigator it revealed last month. The adjustable suspension will offer three driving modes: comfort, normal and sport. Other upgrades include new electric power-assisted steering for easier maneuverability at low speeds, Sync, MyFord Touch, blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems.
For the first time with the Expedition, Ford is also offering the same “Platinum” luxury trim that it introduced to the F-150 pickup truck line for the 2013 model year. Ford also said today that it will unveil a Kind Ranch version at a later, undisclosed date.
Ford is positioning the Expedition to compete with General Motors in the now-tiny body-on-frame full-size SUV market. But while the Dearborn, Mich. auto maker is gearing up to sell its new aluminum-bodied F-150, the new Expedition and its Lincoln Navigator sibling are being based on the old truck. Despite that, the revamped utility vehicles will enjoy improved fuel economy by adopting the more efficient engine.
That change also makes this the most powerful Expedition yet. Ford didn’t say what the engine will make in this application but in the current F-150 it makes 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The Lincoln Navigator uses the same engine, but the company said it will have “at least” 370 hp and 430 lb-ft and those numbers could work their way into the less fancy Ford version.
Pricing hasn’t been announced and the company didn’t give a specific timeline for the new truck to launch aside from a planned rollout sometime this year.
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