2018 Ford Expedition Employs 3.5-Liter EcoBoost Mill and Aluminum Body

SUVs keep getting bigger and lighter

According to Ford, every model it produces is the "smartest, most capable and most blah blah" vehicle. Of course, the 2018 Expedition full-size SUV makes no exception.

As carmakers make larger cars from generation to generation – remember how MINI models are not mini anymore – the need for less weight becomes acute.

Ford tried to mend that with an aluminum bodywork for the new Expedition SUV, and the result is a claimed weight loss of 300 lb.

Furthermore, the Blue Oval's press blurb mentions a 3.5-liter EcoBoost powerplant in charge of moving the squarish SUV, but no performance info was provided at the time of writing.

Ford does say that the engine works with a ten-speed automatic gearbox, while models fitted with the Intelligent 4WD system get a new electronic limited-slip differential. Several drive modes can be selected through the Terrain Management System.

The cabin hosts three rows of seats capable of seating "eight people and their gear," but then again, Ford is tight-lipped on numbers.

Lastly, the Ford Expedition range will be split between three trim levels: XLT, Limited and Platinum, plus the XL version aimed at fleet operators of all kinds.