2017-07-09 / Auto View



All-new Ford Expedition with new FX4 Off- Road Package adds technology and 4x4 hardware to make this family SUV even more capable on trails and unpaved surfaces. All-new Ford Expedition with new FX4 Off- Road Package adds technology and 4x4 hardware to make this family SUV even more capable on trails and unpaved surfaces. For the more than 20 percent of Expedition owners that use their SUV for off-road adventure, Ford introduces the all-new 2018 Expedition FX4 Off-Road Package, making this the most off-road-capable Expedition ever.

“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition vehicle engineering manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”

Expedition’s new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame form the foundation for its off-road and towing capabilities. The use of advanced materials enabled engineers to save up to 300 pounds, with much of the savings reinvested to offer customers more technology and features than ever before. FX4 Off-Road Package includes:

• Patented electronic limited-slip rear
differential to help improve off-road
performance in low-traction situations by
automatically varying power output sideto side, depending on which wheels need
extra traction. With 3.73:1 gearing, the
electronic limited-slip rear differential
also improves towing performance and
• Off-road-tuned shocks more stiffly tuned
to keep wheels in contact with the road

• All-terrain tires with thicker sidewalls to
maintain a smooth ride while delivering
the traction needed over rough terrain
• Seven different skid plates that serve
as underbody armor and protect critical
areas. They include a new sand shield
to protect the turbocharger intercoolers
from getting clogged when driving
through tall berms in sand dunes, plus
steel plates to protect steering gear,
engine, transmission and transfer case
and a full-length guard for the fuel tank.
To help climb over tall or steep obstacles,
the chin spoiler beneath the front bumper

has been shortened to improve approach
• Unique 18-inch Magnetic Metallicpainted cast-aluminum wheels
• Chrome running boards
•FX4 badging on the liftgate and front
• New rubber floor liners featuring
deep side sills that can be removed and
cleaned of any mud, sand or water that
gets dragged in on family adventures

Expedition’s new easy-to-use Terrain Management System lets FX4 customers select from seven special drive modes that help Expedition automatically adapt to different road conditions. This includes normal for around town driving, sport for more spirited trips, tow/ haul for improved towing and hauling performance, eco for enhanced fuel economy, grass/gravel/snow for loose terrain, sand for low traction situations and mud/rut for uneven surfaces. Expedition FX4 drivers also can manually select either 2WD or 4WD modes in a given drive mode, depending on their preferences and terrain.

The new Expedition’s roomy, flexible interior offers seating for up to eight people with a wide cargo area to hold their gear, depending on cargo weight and load distribution. Expedition features a second-row seat with tip-and-slide functionality – providing easy access to the third row without the need to first remove a child safety seat. Once in the third row, even adults will appreciate more legroom and reclining seats.

The all-new Expedition lineup, including the FX4 Off-Road Package, goes on sale this fall.

– Content and photos courtesy Ford Motor Company

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