The 2015 Ford Expedition model, recently unveiled for the first time at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show, will see the vehicle’s biggest changes since its 2007 edition. While the modifications are minimal in terms of appearance and design, consumers familiar with the past several years of Expeditions should have no trouble recognizing the areas Ford did choose to tinker with.
Headlining the list of changes is a whole new engine. The Ford Expedition is doing away with its traditional V-8 engine in favor of Ford’s new V-6 turbocharged EcoBoost engine. In this instance, going with a smaller engine will not mean sacrificing any power, as the output on the EcoBoost projects at 365 horsepower compared to just 310 horsepower for the V-8. In terms of raw output, the old engine in previous Expedition models simply falls short. The new V-6 should also offer better fuel economy for drivers as well.
However, the new engine is not the sole reason the Ford Expedition’s 2015 model is seeing its biggest changes since 2007. Ford also made a few minor cosmetic changes as well, including adding the Platinum trim level already featured in the company’s top-selling F-Series trucks, new designs on the grille and tailgate, and subtle changes to the headlamps and front bumper.
More notable than the changes to the exterior style, however, are the updates the interior sees. Inside, the 2015 Expedition has several significant adjustments, such as a redesigned instrument cluster, a variety of leather styles to choose from for the seats, a new steering wheel, and a wide variety of new technology. At the root of this added technology is a center console that features Ford’s most up-to-date communication and entertain system, MyFord Touch. Other key technologies included in the Expedition include a push button start, a camera for the rear, blind spot alert, remote starting ability, and a robust 700-watt audio system from Sony complete with 10 speakers.
All of these changes, both externally as well as internally–including the major engine overhaul–have also been introduced in the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, the Expedition’s nearly identical twin. Conversely, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, perhaps its biggest competition, features a complete overhaul all the way around.
As nearly half the Expedition purchases take place in the state of Texas, it only makes sense for Ford to unveil their 2015 edition at the Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show, even if it is not the location the company normally chooses. While the bulky Expedition has seen a sharp decline in sales the last several years as more and more consumers began choosing the more fuel-efficient crossover-style SUV options instead, Ford is clearly unwilling to give up on the market at this point.
The new EcoBoost engine coupled with some experts projecting gas prices to continue on a downward slope, the company has reason for optimism, and some see the 2015 edition as an attempt to reestablish the Expedition as a major force in the SUV division.
The fact that the 2015 edition has seen the biggest number of changes since 2007 could well be enough to help the Ford Expedition rebound, but even if the company is unsuccessful, it will not be throwing in the towel on the model. Early speculation has another major change, this one a complete redesign, scheduled for the Expedition in just a few short years. Expect the 2015 edition to be available at dealerships in the second half of 2014.
By Spencer Hendricks