First Look: 2015 Ford Expedition

By | February 18, 2014
Ford is revamping its lineup, starting with the new F-150 and continuing on with the 2015 Expedition. The Expedition originally debuted back in 1996, and it remains Ford's largest utility vehicle. Able to accommodate up to eight passengers, the Expedition has long been a favorite among families. However, with a vehicle this big, gas prices become more of an issue. To address this situation, Ford will be introducing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine on the 2015 Expedition, along with other fuel-saving technologies. Along with being one of the most family-friendly full-size SUVs on the market, the Expedition is the only full-size utility vehicle that offers an independent rear suspension without being considered a luxury vehicle.
Along with the unveiling of the 2015 Expedition, Ford will also show off the new top-of-the-line Platinum model. Ford concentrated heavily on the interior of all the new Expedition models, which offer a new center stack to accommodate the latest 8-inch touchscreen for MyFord Touch features, along with a Sony audio system, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, and seven-color ambient LED lighting.

What's New

For the 2015 model year, Ford has ramped up the features of the Expedition full-size SUV with a new engine and advanced technology. No longer will the large SUV be powered by a V8. Ford has decided to instead use the direct-injected twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine found in the F-Series. Added to that, the new Expedition will feature blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, electric power-assisted steering, SYNC with MyFord Touch, as well as available suspension damping and a new high-trim Platinum model.
The new model will be available in two different versions, standard and long-wheelbase. The long-wheelbase model will offer three rows and up to 130.8 cubic feet of storage against the standard wheelbase's 108.3 cubic feet of storage. The Platinum model will offer unique, premium interior features, with keyless entry and ignition, blind spot monitoring, and SYNC with MyFord Touch as standard features. Expedition chief engineer Jackie DiMarco said in a recent statement that "We listened to our customers and created a full-size utility vehicle that doesn't compromise in performance, technology or design."

Engine and Drivetrain

The new 2015 Ford Expedition will be powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, instead of the 5.4-liter V8. With the more fuel-efficient engine, customers will also have more power and torque at low engine speeds. Ford has decided to make the EcoBoost the only available engine option for the new Expedition that is set for North America. This will ensure that all Ford utility vehicles are available with EcoBoost power by the end of 2014.
"Expedition becoming the latest Ford utility vehicle to wear the EcoBoost badge will be exciting for customers. Increased torque and horsepower, combined with new levels of efficiency and an advanced suspension not only will make Expedition more fun to drive, but also easier to own. This is another 'and' solution from Ford." Combined with the new engine, Ford has placed a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that features a manual mode to maximize performance and control.

Our Thoughts

Lately, Ford has been able to improve upon its vehicle lineup with the introduction of the EcoBoost engine to the majority of its vehicles, making them more consumer-friendly. The 2015 Expedition is one of those iconic Ford vehicles not likely to go away any time soon, but the automaker has been tasked with making it relevant to the current market. Customers constantly want more and more from their vehicles, whether that's new technology and driver assists, or simply better fuel economy. Ford has matched all these requests, along with a few others, to make the new 2015 Ford Expedition relevant once again.