Ford Confirms Next Expedition Will Get Aluminum Body, Arrives In 2018

Just like the F-150, the new Ford Expedition is set to adopt an aluminum body, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The company confirmed the news while recently speaking to investors saying that the aluminum-bodied Expedition will arrive by 2018.

Just like the current model, the new Ford Expedition will be constructed at the firm’s Kentucky Truck Plant. which also produces the latest aluminum-clad Super Duty. Although Ford didn’t confirm any additional details about the new Expedition, it is expected to create additional jobs at the facility.

Current speculation suggests that the next-generation Expedition will be powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Mated to this engine will be a 10-speed automatic transmission in place of the old six-speed of the outgoing model. There’s a possibility that a smaller 2.7-liter variant could be offered after launch.

Each year, Ford sells approximately 40,000 Expeditions, about half the number of Chevrolet Tahoes sold annually. Following its extensive update however, there’s a good chance the Blue Oval will see delivery figures rise.

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2018 Ford Expedition Prototype

  • Joe

    This was news before it become news. No surprise with the all aluminum body there.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    V8.

    • Bash

      or keep that V8 for the bronco, I don’t mind the expedition having that V6 ecoboost mill

      • Tumbi Mtika

        That’s actually a much better option.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Could end up being lighter than the Explorer.

    • Hemi-Dart

      I’d love to see this thing drop from 5,600 lbs to 4,400 lbs but dropping that much weight and keeping a tow rating over 9,000 lbs is probably a little too much to ask. The Explorer is just under 4,500 lbs.

  • TrevP

    Aluminum body is not new news. A nice re-design…? That is definitely due. For both the Expedition and the Navigator. It’s been 10 years!

  • Thomas Sarac

    Ford will do well if they completely redesign both the explorer and the expedition. New generation ecoboosts, aluminum, step up their game in fit and finish and for the explorer give us a really cool sport version with some extra power, 5 seats (make the third row optional in all explorers), extra bracing and sun roof delete for the sport version…Given the new explorer will be on a new rear wheel drive platform let us hope Ford takes advantage of that…think a Ford Performance version perhaps….Come on Ford I put off getting a Yukon this year because of what I am expecting in the new Explorer and Expedition, make it happen Ford!

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