Ford Builds Off-Road Cred with 2018 Expedition FX4 this Fall
Ford will add an off-road package to its all-new 2018 Expedition lineup when the redone large SUV launches this fall. The 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 is a 4X4 family utility that can travel on trails, unpaved roads, crawl over rocks, and sludge through mud as well as ride comfortably on the highway, Ford says.
Ford officials said they created the FX4 package for the 20% of current Expedition owners who use their SUVs for off-road adventures. The new full-size SUV also is built on an all-new aluminum-alloy body and rugged steel frame that is 300 lbs. lighter than the current model. The 2018 Expedition FX4 is equipped with Ford’s robust, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that generates 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The FX4 package allows the driver to manually select 2WD or 4WD. It features Ford’s patented electronic limited-slip rear differential to improve off-road performance in low-traction conditions by varying power output side-to-side. Also, FX4 towing has been enhanced to 9,300 lbs. All-terrain tires are part of the package, along with seven different skid plates that protect the underbody and other components.
The Expedition FX4 package also includes 18-in. magnetic-metallic painted aluminum wheels along with chrome running boards and FX4 badging on the liftgate and front fender. Also included are rubber floor liners that can be removed and cleaned. Shields also have been added to protect the turbocharger intercoolers from clogging if a driver decides to navigate sand dunes. Plus, there are steel plates to protect the steering gear, engine, transmission, and transfer case as well as a fuel tank guard. The front bumper has been shortened and has a spoiler to help when the vehicle climbs over rocks.
Inside, the cabin is roomy with possible seating for 8. A second-row seat can be tipped and slid to provide easy access to the third-row seat without the need to remove a second-row child safety seat. Ford also boasts that the third row has adult-size legroom with reclining seats.
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