Let’s face it, the Ford Expedition has been somewhat on the back burner for some time now, especially when gas prices made their way towards $4 a gallon. Ford still prides their large SUV and an all-new 2015 Expedition is about to make a splash as it is officially introduced with a 3.5-liter direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine.
As you may know with Ford’s EcoBoost engines they have plenty of power and great fuel economy to boot. Ford’s global utility vehicle sales rose an astonishing 35% in 2013 while they lead the segment in North American since 2011 and they plan on keeping that momentum strong.
The all-new 2015 Ford Expedition gets a standard 119-inch wheelbase, which is just more than 6 inches longer than Ford Explorer. The three rows of seating and cargo space provide over 108 cubic feet of cargo space.
Driving dynamics are much improved featuring a host of sensors that detect 46 unique body, steering and braking inputs, the advanced suspension monitors body motion and then adjusts Expedition’s damping system in milliseconds to manage the vehicle’s natural body motion. This also aides in the area of safety with other advancements in technology giving the new Expedition a Blind Spot Information system with cross traffic alert, electric power-assisted steering, and an independent rear suspension.
Enthusiasts will love the new 2015 Ford Expedition featuring a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces more power than the outgoing 5.4-liter V8 with better efficiency. Hit up the full press release below for additional information.
Ford Reveals 2015 Expedition with EcoBoost Engine, Advanced Technology, New Platinum Series
• 2015 Ford Expedition will feature 3.5-liter, direct-injected twin-turbocharged EcoBoost®
engine popular in Ford F-Series; engine designed to deliver most powerful, fuel-efficient
• Advanced technology in new Expedition includes Blind Spot Information System® with crosstraffic
alert, electric power-assisted steering, SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, available
suspension damping to improve passenger comfort; a new high-trim Platinum series debuts
• Ford global utility vehicle sales rose 35 percent in 2013; Ford has been the leader in North
America utility vehicle sales since 2011
DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2014 – The new 2015 Ford Expedition, revealed here today ahead of the
2014 DFW Auto Show, continues to represent the smart choice for people who need a full-size
utility vehicle that provides capable performance, usable space and advanced technology.
Expedition now features Ford F-Series’ popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, more technology
than ever and a fresh new look. Launching later this year, it is the latest Ford nameplate to offer
a Platinum series. Expedition is being shown for the first time in Texas, Ford’s largest market by
sales volume, and home to the top two cities for Expedition sales – Dallas and Houston.
Expedition debuted in 1996 and is Ford’s largest utility vehicle. By most measures, it is a leader
in interior space, accommodating eight passengers. Two versions are offered – the standard
119-inch wheelbase is just more than 6 inches longer than Ford Explorer. It has three rows of
seats and up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The longer-wheelbase version sits on a 131-
inch wheelbase, and features three rows of seats and up to 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Expedition remains the only full-size utility vehicle not classified as a luxury offering to feature
an independent rear suspension. This helps deliver more confident ride and handling
characteristics, and allows for the lower, more convenient fold-flat third-row bench seat.
Both standard and EL versions of Expedition are built at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville,
alongside Ford’s popular Super Duty pickup. Last month, the company confirmed plans to add
more workers and invest an additional $80 million in facility upgrades to improve automation
and increase capacity at the plant.
Ford is responding to strong customer feedback and introducing a top-of-the-line Platinum
series Expedition with unique, premium interior appointments. The new vehicle features the
latest popular technologies like SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, push-button start and Blind Spot
Information System®. A new 3.5-liter, direct-injected twin-turbocharged EcoBoost delivers more
power and performance than the current 5.4-liter V8, and is designed to be more efficient.
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“This new Expedition is proof Ford is committed to remaining the leader in utilities – small,
medium and large,” said Jackie DiMarco, Expedition chief engineer. “We listened to our
customers and created a full-size utility vehicle that doesn’t compromise in performance,
technology or design.”
Improved on the road
From the outset, engineers worked to make the 2015 Expedition a technologically advanced
vehicle that is easy to drive and offers refinement for all types of drivers.
The new EcoBoost engine dramatically changes the driving characteristics of Expedition.
Compared with the 5.4-liter V8, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost gives drivers not just better fuel economy,
but more power and torque on demand at very low engine speeds.
“Expedition becoming the latest Ford utility vehicle to wear the EcoBoost badge will be exciting
for customers,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Increased torque and
horsepower, combined with new levels of efficiency and an advanced suspension not only will
make Expedition more fun to drive, but also easier to own. This is another ‘and’ solution from
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost will be the only engine offered in the new Expedition in North America.
To maximize performance and control, the vehicle is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift®
automatic transmission featuring a manual mode that allows the driver to use a shift-mounted
rocker switch to select the desired gear.
With EcoBoost now standard equipment across the 2015 Expedition range, the entire U.S.
lineup of Ford utility vehicles will be available with EcoBoost power by the end of 2014.
New continuously controlled damping, available for the first time on a Ford nameplate, will make
Expedition the only Blue Oval-branded vehicle in the United States with three selectable drive
modes – comfort, normal and sport.
Using a suite of sensors that detect 46 unique body, steering and braking inputs, the advanced
suspension monitors body motion and then adjusts Expedition’s damping system in milliseconds
to manage the vehicle’s natural body motion. A vehicle with poor damping feels as if it is
bouncing on its suspension springs; continuously controlled damping recognizes the weight of
the vehicle, steering feedback and road undulations and then reacts accordingly, helping to
control body motion so passengers experience an orderly, comfortable ride.
The new Expedition also features Ford’s innovative electric power-assisted steering, which
gives drivers noticeably improved maneuverability at low speeds and better feel at high speeds,
and saves fuel because it operates more efficiently than traditional pump-driven systems. The
technology reduces steering effort and makes Expedition more engaging to drive.
More technology customers want
The new Expedition debuts with popular technology upgrades consumers are now demanding,
including SYNC with MyFord Touch and driver-assist features such as radar-based Blind Spot
Information System with cross-traffic alert.
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The updated interior of Expedition incorporates a fresh center stack to accommodate new
technologies, such as an 8-inch touch screen for SYNC with MyFord Touch. The driver
information cluster features two full-color 4.2-inch LCD screens.
Other new technologies on the 2015 Expedition include a 10-speaker, 700-watt Sony audio
system; Intelligent Access with push-button start; rearview camera; seven-color, interior ambient
LED lighting; and Ford truck apps to help make trailer towing and off-road driving easier.
Fresh style and design
The new Expedition pushes full-size utility vehicle design to a higher level, with fresh interior
and exterior styling and a diverse series lineup – each with a distinct look and feel to give
customers more choice than ever. A Platinum trim package, which has been very successful on
Ford F-Series, will be available on Expedition for the first time.
“The Platinum series brings Expedition into a whole new arena of design and style,” said Scott.
“One of the strengths of Expedition has always been the different trim series we offer. From XLT
to Limited and now with Platinum, we have an Expedition that will fit any customer’s needs.”
The Platinum series is tailored with lush leather seating described by designers as buttery – soft
and smooth to the touch. It’s available in a new Brunello leather, a red wine color with tuxedostripe
accents and French-seamed stitching. Platinum customers can also choose black leather
with Agate Gray accents.
Beyond the new Platinum series, the 2015 Expedition lineup includes the XLT, Limited and a
new King Ranch edition to be revealed later.
The design team, finding inspiration in the world around them, incorporated different themes to
define the look for each series. The intent was to reflect a consumer lifestyle, from the sporty
XLT, to the confident, elegant Limited, to the sophisticated, urban Platinum. Each series has
unique finishes specially selected to reflect the lifestyle and desires of the customer. For
example, Expedition Limited features refined yet traditional finishes, while for the Platinum
edition, the colors and material finishes are fresh and sophisticated.
The Expedition exterior has been updated with an all-new front end featuring available LED fog
lamps for a fresh, aggressive look.
An all-new wheel lineup including factory-installed 22-inch models, a redesigned rear hatch and
subtle, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes round out the exterior changes to the 2015 Expedition.
With this new model debuting at the DFW Auto Show – deep in the heart of the full-size utility
vehicle market – Ford is building on a successful tradition of Expedition capability and quality
with significant improvements in design, performance, efficiency and available technology.