Saturday, 2 November 2019

The History And Evolution Of Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition (1997 - 2002)  

Ford announced the expedition for the first time in May 1996. The full size four-door SUV was designed to replace the compact two-door Ford Bronco, which has been in production since 1966.

First-generation expeditions based on the U-platform of the Ford F-150. Both models - Expedition and F-150 - had a consistent appearance and common mechanical components, including engines, transmissions and front suspensions.

Partly due to this platform, the expedition was larger than most
sports utility vehicles of the time. The longer wheelbase of the expedition (119 inches compared to 112 inches of the 1997 Lexus LX) allowed three rows of seats - the third seat is optional - which provide space for the driver and eight adult passengers. Above, the expedition discovered the sunroof carrier.

When the expedition was launched in October 1996, it was available in two versions: the Base XLT and the Eddie Bauer version of the upper class. The standard equipment of Eddie Bauer equipment included leather seats, a two-zone climate control and an electric sunroof.

Under the bonnet of the expeditions were V8 engines, which gave them enough towing capacity. The standard 4.6-liter V8 engine produced 215 hp and made 290 foot-pounds of torque. The optional 5.4-liter V8 engine delivered 230 horsepower and 325 foot-pounds of torque.

The standard safety features of the first-generation expedition included two airbags with two-way occupant protection and three-point seat belts in all rows of seats.

Ford Expedition (2003 - 2006)

The second generation Ford Expeditions has been redesigned inside and out. The edgy look of the first generation was still the same, but simpler lines, tighter panel spacing and other minor body modifications made for a cleaner look. The interior has been provided with soft carpets, aluminum panels and new door panels.

The performance of the 4.6-liter engine increased to 232 hp and 291 foot-pounds of torque. The new 5.4-liter engine made 260 hp and 350 foot-pounds of torque. Subsequent modifications to the 5.4-liter engine increased its output to 300 hp and 365 foot-pounds of torque. For the 2005 model year update, Ford dropped the 4.6-liter V8 engine and made the 5.4-liter engine standard on all expeditions.

All panels are equipped with a new variable-power steering system that improves low-speed maneuverability and stability at high speeds. Ford combined the previous generation four-speed automatic transmission with new control software that recognized and adapted changes in dead-weight and road condition.

This generation was also noteworthy because it was the first expedition to use an independent rear suspension, a feature that all subsequent generations used. These modifications, coupled with a stiffer chassis, increased the trailer load by 800 pounds.

One of the new safety features of this generation was an optional four-airbag system that protects the occupants in six directions.

Ford Expedition (2007 - 2017)

Ford switched to a new T1 platform that allowed it to develop longer versions of standard expeditions. The new Expedition EL was 14.8 inches longer than the standard expedition, had more cargo space and was easily distinguished by its elongated cargo hold window. Like its predecessor, this generation used an independent rear suspension, which allows more cargo space in the rear.

The regular panels - Expedition XL, XLT, XLT Premium, XLT Sport, Limited and King Ranch - were given new hollow bars and multi-faceted headlights, giving them a more elegant look, among other things. The redesigned interior contained a new dashboard and a more distinctive center stack.

A new intelligent six-speed automatic transmission was standard on all expeditions. Ford later dropped the XL and XLT sport fairings for the 2013 model year. In the following years, Ford dropped the XLT Premium version and added a Platinum trim.

The third generation expeditions were powered by the same previous generation 5.4-liter V8 engine. With an increased output of 300 hp and 365 foot-pounds of torque, the expeditions could pull up to 9,200 pounds.

For the 2015 model year, Ford unveiled an EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 engine with two turbochargers, which was designed with 365 hp and 420 foot-pounds of torque. Direct-injection into the new engine made the expedition more economical (15 miles per gallon city and 21 miles per gallon highway), and Ford decided to discontinue the 5.4-liter V8 engine.

Ford Expedition (2018 - Current)

This generation drives on a new chassis - the same that the automaker uses for the Lincoln Navigator with a three-inch wider wheelbase and a four-inch longer overall length.

The expedition with seven or eight seats is also one centimeter larger than its predecessors and has a lighter body made of aluminum alloy. The expedition is more spacious, has more leg room and weighs 300 pounds less than the previous generation.

There is also the Expedition MAX, which contributes almost one foot to the overall length of the vehicle, resulting in a nearly identical passenger compartment, but offers considerably more cargo space in the rear. As of 2018, the expedition will be MAX Ford's largest SUV.

The fourth generation Expedition and Expedition MAX are available in three trim levels: the XLT Base, the Limited and the Platinum Deluxe.

The XLT fairing is available in rear and four-wheel drive configurations. It features fabric covers, a push-button start, a 4.3-inch LCD panel in the instrument panel, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

The platinum paneling features air-conditioned and massaging leather seats, a forward sensor system and polished alloy wheels. It also slightly increases the engine power and torque of the engine.

All models use the Eco-boost 3.5-liter V6 turbocharged engine of the previous generation. The engine was upgraded to 375 hp (400 hp for the Platinum) and 470 foot-lb (480 hp for the Platinum).

This expedition now has a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds. A new 10-speed automatic transmission, which the driver can control with a rotary knob on the center console, is also standard on all models.

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