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2015 Ford Expedition Preview

By: Jeff Youngs, 2/21/2014
Fast Facts:
  • 3.5-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine replaces V-8
  • Platinum trim level increases luxury offerings, including leather upholstery
  • Continuously controlled damping provides choice of driving modes
  • Restyled exterior includes available 22-in. wheels
  • Center stack includes touch-screen technology

Introduction
The Ford Expedition, which the automaker introduced in 1996, is Ford's largest SUV, a full-size body-on-frame vehicle (a close relative of the Lincoln Navigator) that has undergone a complete interior and exterior redesign for the 2015 model year. The new exterior features only minor changes, but the interior has been given various upgrades, mainly to accommodate the updated technology. While Ford is introducing a smaller, 6-cylinder engine to replace the traditional 5.4-liter V-8, the company says this new engine will make the 2015 Expedition considerably more powerful than older models, and more fuel-efficient.

Exterior Features
The 2015 Expedition will be available in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The exterior of the new Ford Expedition will not be changed much, save for a new three-bar grille and redesigned headlights. The Expedition is available with a 119-in. or 131-in. wheelbase, with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive; height is 77 to 78 in., depending on model. Maximum conventional towing capacity is 6,000 lbs., or up to 9,000 lbs. with the optional trailer towing package. Maximum available wheel size is 22 in.

Interior Features
The Expedition offers seating for 8, in 3 rows. The continuously controlled damping system allows for lower, more convenient third-row seating. With second- and third-row seats folded, maximum cargo space is 108.3 cu. ft. in the standard model, 130.8 cu. ft. in the longer-wheelbase Expedition EL model. The 2015 model includes a redesigned interior, the showpiece of which is a new center stack that includes an 8-in. touch screen for Sync with MyFord Touch. The driver information cluster features two full-color 4.2-in. LCD screens. Also included are a 10-speaker, 700-watt Sony audio system; Intelligent Access with push-button start; rearview camera; 7-color, interior ambient LED lighting; and Ford truck apps to facilitate trailer towing and off-road driving.

Optional Features
The Platinum trim level, new to the Expedition but already available on Ford F-Series pickup trucks, includes many luxury features, most prominent of which is the soft leather upholstery, available in Brunello leather (a red wine color with tuxedo-stripe accents and French-seamed stitching) or black leather with Agate Gray accents. Many of the Platinum trim level's standard features are available as options on the lower trim levels.

Under the Hood
As mentioned earlier, the new 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine replaces the 5.4-liter V-8 engine that the Expedition currently employs. It will be the only engine available with the Expedition in North America. This direct-injection, twin-turbocharged system is designed for improved power and torque (even at low engine speeds) and greater fuel efficiency. The new Expedition will also feature a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a manual mode that allows the driver to select the desired gear using a shift-mounted rocker switch.

Official engine specs have not yet been released, but it's expected that the EcoBoost engine will provide approximately the same 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque that it brings to the F-Series trucks. This compares with 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque that the old V-8 engine provided.

Fuel Economy
Official EPA fuel-efficiency ratings have not yet been published for the 2015 Expedition, but they're expected to improve from those for the 2014 Expedition, which were 14 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined for the 4X2 model, and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway/15 mpg combined for the 4X4 model.

Safety
Safety features on the new 2015 Ford Expedition include a full complement of air bags, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, stability control, traction control, rearview camera, blind-spot alert, and cross-traffic alert. Government crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are not yet available for the 2015 Expedition.

Technology
Power-assisted steering provides greater maneuverability at low speeds and improves the high-speed feel, according to Ford, and is conducive to greater fuel efficiency. The 2015 Expedition, like the Lincoln Navigator, will also feature continuously controlled damping, which means that the vehicle will offer three selectable drive modes: comfort, normal, and sport.

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