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2015 Ford Expedition Refreshed

The Ford Expedition, the only full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV left in Ford's lineup, is getting a refresh for it's 2015 model year. Arriving at dealerships in September, this big SUV is getting a new look, a bunch of new technology and a new engine.

Crossovers and small SUVs are super hot right now, but this big SUV still has fans, in places where big trucks are still appreciated, like in Texas and in Saudi Arabia. More than one in five Ford Expeditions sold in the U.S. are in Texas. About 85 percent of those sold outside of the U.S. are to customers in Saudi Arabia. The Ford Expedition attracts customers who need capability from their SUV. The ability to spend a lot of money on fuel doesn't hurt either.

The Expedition targets "more affluent customers who won’t compromise -- they want space performance, comfort and capability all in one impressive package," said Keith Wilson, the vehicle’s marketing manager, in an announcement.

The 2015 Ford Expedition is getting a new engine- the V6 EcoBoost that is popular with F-150 customers, delivering 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It replaces a 5.4-litre V8 and is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It will be available in two wheelbase lengths, 119 inches and 131 inches. The newly refreshed Expedition also offers 9,200 pounds of towing capacity, the best in it's class.

Four trim levels are available, including the top of the line Platinum that is new for 2015. For those seeking something a little less posh, the XLT, Limited and King Ranch levels are still available. All models will receive a refreshed look, with a sleeker looking grill, headlights and front bumper.

Gadget-wise, the refreshed Expedition will get a bunch of Ford's latest tech goodies, including Sync with MyFordTouch, an eight-inch touch screen, push button start, Sony audio, parking sensors, backup camera and radar-based Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert. It also comes with electric power-assisted steering, which will improve maneuverability at low speed and steering feel at high speed.

Indide, the SUV will offer acoustic glass, better sound deadening and revised door seals to improve quiet and passenger comfort.

This will be the first Ford vehicle to enjoy continuously controlled damping- a sensor based system involving 46 steering, body and braking inputs to adjust damping based on road conditions. This feature has only been offered before on Lincoln vehicles.

The Ford Expedition has several rivals, General Motors has several full-size SUVs to choose from, including the Tahoe, Suburban, Tahoe and the Tahoe XL. GM controls about 68 percent of the market.

No pricing has been offered yet, but we expect it to be $500 to $3,000 more than the outgoing model, depending on trim level. Currently in the U.S., the RWD XLT model starts at just under $40,000 and the fully-loaded extended wheelbase King Ranch can get as high as $66,000, including shipping.

By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca

 

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