Last week Ford announced the 2015 Expedition ahead of schedule. As Ford is saying, the Expedition “continues to represent the smart choice for people who need a full-size utility vehicle that provides capable performance, usable space and advanced technology.” Capable performance, space, and technology is exactly what the new 2015 Expedition delivers.
Just when it was almost safe to say that Ford has written off its full-sized SUV, the 2015 Expedition received a much needed refresh. Not just with a cosmetic change either. Ford has stated that they have received strong customer feedback about their truck-based vehicle and decided to add a Platinum trim level for more consumer options. Along with a new trim, the 2015 Expedition will get a stronger MPG rating, a much more comfortable, quieter ride, and updated technology including MyFord Touch and Blind-Spot monitoring.
Say goodbye to the Expedition’s 5.4-liter V8 and say hello to Ecoboost. The 3.6-liter Ecoboost V6, popular in the current F-150, has made its way over to the Expedition to provide that extra boost in fuel economy. Towing will remain the same, around 9,200 pounds. The real changes will be felt in the new found power and torque. Ford has not released official specs on output ratings yet, but expect to see close to the current 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft torque in the F-150. This will make the Expedition quicker and more responsive, giving it the feel of a smaller, fun to drive vehicle.
With the increased power and torque, you’re probably wondering how bumpy the drive will be. For the first time ever, Ford has added a continuously damping system to one of their models that offers three modes – normal, comfort, and sport. This system uses 46 sensors connected to Ford’s power steering to allow split second decisions on every kind of feedback you can get from the road. This compliments the only Independent Rear Suspension system found in a non-luxury SUV to offer one of the softest and noise-free rides you will find on a vehicle this size.
Two wheelbases will be offered in the 2015 Expedition, short (Standard) and long (EL). The Standard version will feature a 119-inch wheelbase with 108.3 cubic feet of cargo and the EL version will feature a 131-inch wheelbase with 130.8 cubic feet of cargo. Both will offer third-row seating and an abundance of passenger room. If your looking for the extra cargo, EL is still your best bet.
Interior design has seen a refresh, bringing in new style, tech, and even Brunello leather with French seams in the Platinum trim. The first thing you will notice is the 8-inch SYNC with MyFord Touch replacing the old, outdated screen. The center stack will get more physical buttons to go along with the 2015 updates MFT will be seeing across all models. The instrument cluster will feature 4.2-inch dual screens flanking the speedometer and RPM gauge behind the steering wheel. Other futuristic tech included will be multi-color LED ambient lighting, a 700 watt Sony sound system, and an array of built in apps for towing.
Other new features include BLIS (a radar based blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert), optional LED fog lamps, Rearview camera, and fold flat third-row seating. Ford will also be announcing a King Ranch trim, totaling 4 available trims, XLT, Limited, Platinum, and King Ranch. These are just some of the updated features to come. Being so large, the Expedition will be one fully-loaded SUV with plenty of space and features we are already so accustomed to. Expect to see these beasts hitting the lots late this year.