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Ford Expedition FX4 off-road SUV returns for 2018

Ford Expedition FX4 off-road SUV returns for 2018”

"Each F-150 and Expedition customer has unique needs, and we can deliver even more of the capability and efficiency they are looking for, thanks to our strategic use of lightweight materials and innovative V6 engines", said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of product development and purchasing for Ford. A new Expedition Off-Road package was also revealed.

Ford hasn't yet detailed fuel economy for any version of the F-150, but miserly drivers may want to wait for the 3.0-liter turbodiesel that's due in showrooms in the spring of 2018.

This is the first time since 2003 that the package, which is popular on the F-150, has been applied to the full-size SUV, and it will come standard with a 4x4 drivetrain, 10-speed automatic transmission and a new 375 hp 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The new engine features dual port and direct injection in place of the 3.7-liter's port injection. It will have a six-speed automatic transmission. Next up is a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, rated at 325 hp and 400 lb-ft (a 25 lb-ft improvement over last year). The new naturally aspirated V-6's power output almost mirrors 2017's 3.5-liter V-6, even though the new engine is a little smaller: 290 hp and 265 lb-ft.

All engines get standard stop/start technology. By replacing the cast-iron sleeves, the technology reduces an undisclosed amount of weight.

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The dual-injection system works with modified intake runners and a higher compression ratio (12:1 versus 10.8:1) to net the new 3.3-liter 290 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, compared with the outgoing 3.5-liter's 282 horsepower at 6,250 rpm. Both engines are mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, and if you've selected the FX4 package, you've also selected four-wheel drive.

Ford has announced that the all-new aluminum-bodied 2018 Expedition will be offered with an FX4 off-road when it goes on sale this fall. Estimated EPA fuel mileage will also be announced later.

Protection: The 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 comes equipped with seven skid plates to help keep critical parts from getting damaged by rocks and other hazards. The next step up remains a 5.0-liter V-8, reworked this year for an extra 10 hp and 13 lb-ft., for 395 hp and 400 lb-ft. Those figures are up 10 hp and 35 lb-ft with 87 octane and up 50 hp and 60 lb-ft on 03 octane.

The Expedition Platinum model gets a higher output version of the same engine, making 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. The powertrain is also fitted to the lower-level Expedition Max XL. But the automaker did not release the engine's Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings. The chin spoiler has also been shortened to improve approach angles for steep obstacles.



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