We have some great news. The Ford Company is finally launching its eagerly expected full size SUV. It is the 2018 Ford Expedition MAX. The standard Expedition will be available in XLT, Premium and Limited trims. However, the long wheelbase version will be called Expedition MAX which also represents its new name in the U.S.
The Ford Expedition MAX is expected to be very popular especially among families because of its spacious cabin, nice cargo space and great driving capabilities. The 2018 model will debut with its recognizable boxy appearance, upgraded technology and strong powertrain under it hood. As well, its towing capability will be absolutely great. Furthermore, it will ride on aluminum platform which will make it much lighter than before. What might be its weakest point is still uncertain fuel consumption.
The second generation Ford Expedition MAX will compete with Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada and Chevrolet Suburban.
2018 Ford Expedition MAX powertrain and performance
Under the hood of 2018 Ford Expedition MAX will be placed an upgraded version of the engine which powers the current model. It is a 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost twin-turbo engine. The output of this powertrain should be similar to the one of the F-150. So, it will be able to produce around 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be coupled to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Its towing capacity is expected to be slightly smaller than the one of F-150 model which is 12,000 pounds. The fuel efficiency should also be slightly improved. The new Ford will be available with two- and all-wheel drive configurations.
Latest rumors say that it might get a diesel or a hybrid version as well, since these units are planned for the F-150 model. However, nothing is yet confirmed.
Design of exterior and interior
First of all, the new 2018 Ford Expedition MAX will be based on the F-150 Model platform. It will be made of aluminum and high-strength steel in order to reduce its weight. So, it will be much lighter now, for around 300 pounds. Furthermore, the MAX model will grow for an inch while its wheelbase will remain the same size.
When it comes to exterior, the new Ford will keep it well known boxy appearance with nicely designed both front and rear fascias.
Inside, the 2018 Ford Expedition MAX features very spacious and refined cabin which offers plenty of space for the passengers and cargo. So it is suitable for long trips and big families. It has three rows of seats and is able to place eight people. The dashboard will receive an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The new Ford MAX will be loaded with many standard and available features. Some of them are: USB, audio system with 12 speakers, Bang & Olufsen audio, panoramic sunroof, entertainment system for the rear seats and so on.
As for the safety, it will be provided with blind-spot monitors, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a surround view camera etc.
Release date and price
The 2018 Ford Expedition MAX will arrive later this year. As for the price, it should start at roughly $52,000.