2018 Ford Expedition Ford ditches the steel body panels of the Expedition in favor of aluminum, turning out an SUV that's bigger but 300 pounds lighter than before.


Like its predecessors, the 2018 Ford Expedition is a big car. Unlike them, it’s considerably lighter, reducing the weight by a whopping 300 pounds from the last generation, giving you a lighter and more nimble SUV while still packing the same generously-sized cabin.

It achieves the dramatic drop in weight courtesy of a new all-aluminum build for the body panels, along with the use of lightweight components throughout.  More impressively, it sheds the weight while actually gaining an increase in size, with the standard model now coming four inches longer and three inches wider, while the Max model comes in an inch longer than the outgoing ride.


The 2018 Ford Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6, which is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. No performance numbers were released for the engine, but it should be close to the 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque on the F-150, which shares the same powertrain. It retains the independent rear suspension while sporting a revised suspension up front, with all-wheel drive and electronic locking limited-slip differential available as options.


Inside, it gets three rows for a total of eight seats, with double the cubby space of the previous model, so you can cram even more stuff inside. Features include 17 cup holders (seriously), wireless charging for phones, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an 8-inch touchscreen with Sync 3 infotainment system, a 360-degree camera system, and a whole load of driving assistance technologies.


No pricing yet, but the 2018 Ford Expedition will debut in the fall.


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