2017 Ford Expedition redesign, release date, spy shots, interior, news and other topics in this article. Largest of Ford’s SUV’s – Expedition is slowly, but steadily heading towards a generation shift. It’s been almost a decade since the last major update, even though recent facelift has slightly elevated the car.
New Ford Expedition 2017 should be a next-gen vehicle to mark the 10-year cycle, but it might also end up as the last model of the second generation. We’ll just have to assume from this point forward as there are still no official info on the topic. Actually; given the fact that nothing circulates around, Expedition will likely remain unchanged for 2017 model year as well.
Under the hood Engine of 2017 Ford Expedition
True to its roots, full-size behemoth offers a single powertrain under its hood in all given models. 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbocharged V-6 powerplant delivers the same 365 hp as it does in other blue oval’s SUV’s, but it manages to produce 420 lb-ft of torque necessary for the full-size to tow additional cargo. Speaking of towing, 2017 Ford Explorer will be able to pull up to 6,600 pounds in almost all of its equipment iterations. Rear-wheel drive is standard with every single model, but there’s always an option to upgrade to all-wheel drive for additional grip. Finally, 6-speed automatic transmission remains the only thing you get with Ford’s SUV.
2017 Ford Expedition Design Changes
2017 Ford Expedition is still a heavy body on frame SUV with angular structure and difficulties that emerge when trying to park it. There are no reports to suggest otherwise, so 2017 Ford Explorer will remain the same. Heavy bumper with rectangular grille and truck-like headlamps are intimidating enough, and 18-inch wheels only add to it. Upgrade to 20-inch aluminum wheels and see its intimidation meter hit the red. Rear end is also truck-like, mostly thanks to small vertical tail-lights, but rear window without the pillars has something to do with it too. Visibility would have been great if there weren’t for the C pillars behind the rear doors. Advanced safety equipment, however, fixes this to some extent.
2017 Ford Expedition’s cabin is just what one might have expected from such a heavy vehicle. It reminds us of F-250 heavy duty pickup truck’s interior. After all their respective consoles are very similar. Still, this is a family SUV, and a large one at that. There’s more than plenty of space across all three rows of seats. Base models do feel a little bit plasticky, but at least they are relatively affordable.
Top King Ranch and Platinum models, however, feature full leather seats with unique details and natural wood accents. They also offer a full list of tech features and conveniences which include standard power sunroof, touch screen infotainment system, premium Sony sound system and abundance of other goodies. DVD rear seat entertainment system is optional here, but unavailable at the bottom altogether.
Safety gear includes some advanced features like standard rearview camera and trailer sway control. It also includes optional blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alerts and forward sensing system, but that’s about it. However, even mandatory goodies are somewhat expanded here which is evident by standard side-impact airbags.
2017 Ford Expedition Price and Release Date
Large SUV still fails to impress when it comes to fuel economy, but that’s understandable. 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway are its rear-wheel drive figures, while all-wheel drive drops the numbers to 15/20 mpg. Long wheelbase models drop additional point in all mentioned categories. Prices start from around $43,000 which is how much XLT models cost. In contrast, Platinum EL models cost just shy of $60,000.
It’s still quite robust though, and don’t expect commodities such as good fuel efficiency or easy maneuvering if you decide to go with one.