A completely redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition has been spotted in testing wearing production intent sheetmetal. Like the Ford F-150 pickup, the Expedition is expected to transition to an aluminum intensive body in order to save weight. That change moves the vehicle from its current underpinnings to the new T3 truck architecture being used on Ford half-ton pickups.

The Expedition will also boast improved powertrains including an updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 and some reports indicate that the 2.7-liter version of that engine may be offered as a base engine. In addition to relying on lower weight aluminum construction to save fuel, the Expedition will also be equipped with stop/start technology and the new 10-speed automatic transmission jointly developed by Ford and GM. Ford is also expected to add a hybrid at some point to the full-size SUV lineup, perhaps as early as the 2019 model year. The hybrid would feature a 3.5-liter V6.

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The new Ford Expedition borrows styling cues from the F-150 with sleeker lines, a more aerodynamic rake to the windshield and a slanted rear hatch. The Expedition is expected to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January and go into production the following summer.


 

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