BURNS HARBOR, Ind.
- Sept. 19, 2013
-- The next-generation Ford Expedition SUV is set to go on sale sometime next year, and recently released spy shots indicate that it will have many of the same bold styling cues as the upcoming redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. The test mule features a larger grille and a more vertical front fascia, as well as a single large rear-facing exhaust pipe. While Ford has yet to release any official information on the new Expedition, there is plenty of speculation based on Ford’s next-gen truck technology.
The 2015 Expedition will likely have a least two engine options. The standard engine will likely be a 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 or a slightly larger 3.7L V6. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine produces 365 hp in the current Ford F-150, and would likely produce a comparable amount of power in the upcoming Expedition. A new 5.0L Coyote V8 engine – featuring flex fuel capability and variable camshaft timing – may be available as an upgrade. There is speculation that the new Coyote V8 will also be able to tow around 10,000 pounds.
The new Expedition will almost certainly have significantly better fuel efficiency ratings than the current model. The EcoBoost engine may even feature stop/start technology, which would improve city mileage by automatically shutting down parts of the engine when the vehicle is stopped at a red light.
An even bigger efficiency boost will come from an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will deliver more power at low speeds and better fuel economy on the highway. Lightweight aluminum and boron steel construction will also help maximize fuel economy, possibly putting the new Expedition’s highway mileage in the 25-30 mpg range.
The 2015 Expedition is slated to have room for up to eight passengers, and may also come standard with the Ford MyTouch touchscreen infotainment interface in addition to the Sync voice-control system. Drivers interested in test driving this all-new SUV can expect the 2015 Ford Expedition to arrive at their local Burns Harbor Ford dealership in spring 2014.http://lakeshoreford.com/areas/burns-harbor