When Ford Motor Co. introduced the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition back in February, the automaker stressed that the large SUV had become lighter, more fuel efficient, and more refined.
Now, there’s one for the dirt.
Ford will offer an Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package when the new SUV goes on sale in the fall and take on rivals such as Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and Toyota Sequoia TRD.
The 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package will stand apart from other models with aggressive new features. Stiffer shocks tuned for off-road performance and all-terrain tires with thicker sidewalls will lend the Expedition greater balance and traction.
Enhanced technology will also play an important role. The 2018 Expedition FX4 Off-Road gains an electronic limited-slip rear differential that can deliver power to the wheel that needs it most in low traction. It also improves towing capability.
More than 20 percent of Expedition owners use the SUV to travel off-road, according to Ford.
“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, engineering manager for the Expedition. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”
Expeditions equipped with the FX4 Off-Road package will also include seven skid plates to protect underbody components from rough terrain. The SUV will feature unique 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, rubber floor liners, chrome running boards and FX4 badging on the liftgate and front fender.
All Expeditions will be powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has sold more than 26,000 Expeditions through the first five months of 2016, an increase of 29.9 percent compared to the same period in 2015 and is second only to the Chevrolet Tahoe in the large SUV segment.