The 2018 Ford Expedition Test Drive
The all new Ford Expedition was launched recently in Dubai and we had the chance to drive it for a day to see how this 4-wheel-drive townhouse tackles the road.
The Expedition is an 8-seater SUV that is spacious enough to welcome 8 adults onboard, the car comes with 15 cup holders and 6 USB ports spreading across the cockpit, which makes the Expedition the perfect car for big families. The 2018 model is all new, everything is new except the rear suspension.
Under the hood of the 2018 Ford Expedition we have a 3.5L twin turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 637 Nm of Torque, however if you order the top grade, the Platinum, you will enjoy a little bit of extra power and torque – 400hp and 650 Nm.
The engine is teamed up with a 10 speed automatic transmission, which ensures smooth driving on long distances. As for towing capacity, the Expedition can pull up to 4.2 tonnes.
The Expedition is available in 4 grades; XL, XLT, Limited and Platinum, with the ability to order the EL edition of each grade, the Expedition EL is one foot longer than the standard vehicle. The Expedition can be ordered with a split seat in the 2nd row, this makes more suitable for businessmen.
The Platinum is available with front leather heated and ventilated front seats, with the option to have massage integrated in these seats. This is a cool feature, but it should be available in the 2nd row if the customer ordered the 7-seater edition because it’s more likely to transport a businessman, not a family, of course the control should always remain with the driver in case underage passengers got in the car.
The Expedition is available in 9 colors as can be seen in these images.
For those who like to hook trailers to their SUVs, the Expedition comes with 2 interesting features that can make life easier and safer, the blind spot monitoring system that covers the trailer, which makes driving safer. The other feature is the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, this system can be activated with the push of a button and once the driver selects the desired direction of the trailer, the system will take over and start steering the vehicle. The system features a rearview camera that helps the driver view trailer direction and determine trailer placement.
Among the features of the Expedition are the adaptive cruise control, the forward collision warning system, lane departure warning system and lane keeping system, and the hill decent control.
The Expedition is not a hardcore offroader but it can tackle gravel and sand easily, you can still enjoy some offroading while driving the Expedition, but personally I feel it wasn’t built for that, the Expedition is very spacious, it’s well equipped, and on the road it’s very quiet and smooth, it’s one of the best cars for big families that commute for long distances.