Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Ford Expedition FX4 off-road SUV returns for 2018

Ford Expedition FX4 off-road SUV returns for 2018

The automaker expects it to account for 5%-10% of Expedition sales when the new, aluminum-body model goes on sale in late fall.

The 2018 Ford Expedition lineup, including the Expedition FX4, will hit USA dealers this fall. Increased efficiency when it comes to transmission has allowed the company to increase the horsepower in the refreshed F-150 and the Expedition.

On Expedition Platinum trim levels, Ford announced that it will fit a higher-rated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that would produce 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower remains 325 at 5,750 rpm. Likewise, the off-road-ready F-150 Raptor's EcoBoost engine continues to churn out 450 ponies and 510 lb-ft of twist.

The base engine for the F-150 will be a new 3.3-liter, naturally aspirated V6.

The new engine of the 2018 model features direct injection and dual port, while the engine in the 2017 version sported port injection. A six-speed automatic backs the 3.3-liter engine.

The tried and true 5.0-liter V-8 also gets direct and port injection, bumping the power up 10 horsepower; the V-8 will now make 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The Expedition, on the other hand, will be built exclusively in Louisville, Kentucky. Curiously, Ford also outfits the FX4 with clearance-robbing chrome running boards; we would prefer to see either power retractable boards or nothing at all. Power for the all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V-6 will be announced later.

The F-150 pickup also gets some engine upgrades this fall. Although the lineup is tilted heavily in favor of V-6s, Ford says that about one in four F-150s has a V-8 under its hood.

The 2018 Ford Expedition also gets the 10-speed automatic transmission and Auto Start-Stop technology. No matter the trim, all Expeditions come equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and an automatic stop/start system. They take trailer towing seriously, though, and the 2018 Expedition's 9,300-pound towing capacity is up 100 pounds from the steel-bodied 2017.

The Explorer XL, XLT, and Limited will deliver 375 horsepower arriving at 5,000 rpm, and 470 lb-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Finally, all of the engines for the 2018 Ford F150 will have standard Start/Stop technology, thus further improving fuel economy measures. The XLT, Limited, and Platinum series will be offered to individual buyers; the XLT will also have an optional FX4 Off-Road Package. The off-road variant will get the same 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque as the standard XLT trim of the 2018 Ford Expedition.

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