Ford Motor Co. is updating special versions of its 2018 Expedition sport utility vehicle and F-150 pickup truck used for police work and government services with improvements it’s made to the vehicles in recent years.
The improvements for the Expedition include the same aluminum body and 10-speed transmission that will go into the 2018 version of the vehicle for consumers. The version of the F-150 gets the 10-speed transmission. Both will feature vinyl seats and column-mounted shifters.
The models – known as Special Service Vehicles, or SSVs – are enhanced specifically for the needs of Ford’s law enforcement, government and fleet customers.
Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic.
The 2018 F-150 SSV will have a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 or 5.0-liter V8 engine option. A new standard auto stop-start system for the engine will improve fuel economy.
The F-150 SSV XL trim in SuperCrew or SuperCab will have either standard two-wheel or optional four-wheel-drive. An upgraded 240-amp alternator is also added to provide additional onboard electrical power.
The 2018 Expedition SSV will be available only with the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine. Instead of the standard 3.73-ratio axle, it will have an electronic limited-slip differential. Otherwise, changes made for the Expedition SSV are similar to the F-150.
The consumer versions of the 2018 Expedition and 2018 F-150 go on sale this fall. The SSV models will be introduced shortly thereafter.