After many rumors, the brand new 2017 Ford Expedition has been revealed a couple of months back. The SUV is using an all new design, and it is a major step up over the outgoing model. The new version of the car is now based on Ford’s newer T3 chassis. This is the same frame that also underpins the F-150. A high strength steel chassis with considerably better rigidity than before and lower weight. Over the truck, the Expedition features a fully independent suspension setup.
This isn’t as capable of carrying weight as the truck. However, it still means it can tow more than before without any worries. The better rigidity also increases the crash protection, and it allowed Ford to offer much better NVH levels than any Expedition before it.
Up until a few months ago all camouflaged prototypes and test mules used the same front end design as the F-150. However, once the Expedition was revealed it became quite clear that this wasn’t the case. Instead, the SUV features a unique design which sets it apart from the truck. However, like the truck, the Expedition features an all aluminum body. Despite boasting a beefed up running gear, it still weighs 300 pounds less than before. This should help with fuel consumption and overall performance. Also, despite being lighter, it is considerably larger than its predecessor. Both the short and long wheelbase model and longer than their predecessors. On top of that, the short wheelbase model sports an 8 inch longer wheelbase than before which is quite impressive. Ford hasn’t announced the price, but it seems it won’t change all that much. Thanks to that the 2017 Ford Expedition should have no problem at getting the top spot in its class.
2017 Ford Expedition Specs
The SUV is still using a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. Even though it may seem identical at first, the engine has very little in common with the older generation powertrain. This is, in fact, the same new unit that can also be found in the facelift F-150. The output hasn’t been revealed so far, but it seems it will make more than 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Some suggested Ford will try to aim for over 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque which is a real possibility considering how capable this twin-turbocharged powertrain really is. With the new engine, they also installed the new ten-speed automatic gearbox. This is faster, stronger and lighter than the one before it. Even though the towing rating hasn’t been revealed, we can expect north of 8,000 pounds for it which would be really impressive.
The performance is still unknown. However, considering the performance of the F-150, the Expedition should be more than capable of reaching similar numbers. A 0 to 60 MPH time of around 5 seconds and a limited top speed of around 110 MPH should be possible. With the new transmission, Ford also installed a transfer box on the four-wheel drive models. These get a two-speed transfer case which will allow the Expedition to offer a true 4WD-low mode. Some suggested that Ford may also add a second engine in the near future. However, considering most of its rivals, this is unlikely.
Design – Inside and Out
Probably the largest change for the 2017 Ford Expedition is the way it looks. Instead of going for the same design as that on the F-150 Ford decided to make it special. The entire front end is new and it doesn’t share anything in common with the truck. Instead, the new Expedition is closer in design to the Explorer. It boasts a large grille flanked by large headlights with C-shaped DRLs. The front end is slightly angled while the air dam is really low, so the overall design is quite aggressive. In contrast, the rear of the Expedition is boxier than before. Together with the design lines on the sides, the new Expedition does make for a meaner more aggressive-looking SUV.
The interior, on the other hand, isn’t as special as we would have hoped. While the materials have improved and it features Ford’s latest technologies, the basic design is nearly identical to that in the F-150. The dashboard is quite bleak, and the upright design makes for a less than ideal layout which is especially apparent in an SUV designed for personal use.