The 2015 Ford Expedition continues almost unchanged from the current model; some powertrain and suspension updates are the big story for this big truck.
Changes for 2015 are limited to some new head- and taillights, the inclusion of LED running lamps and some restyled bumpers. All sheet metal remains the same, there's a new grille up front and fender trim has been added to the wheel wells. New wheels are offered, with 22-inch wheels optional.
Two lengths will be offered. The standard Expedition has a 119-inch wheelbase with three rows of seats, offering up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo room. The long wheelbase Expedition EL spans 131 inches, with a cavernous 130.8 cubic feet of cargo room with the second and third rows folded.
Changes to the interior are minimal as well. The Expedition keeps the old-look Ford truck dash with its last-generation plastics, but adds push-button start, Ford Sync and the latest connectivity abilities. A new 8-inch touch-screen is present in a refreshed console, and new gauges with twin 4.2-inch LCDs are offered.
Where the Expedition does maintain its advantage is in passenger comfort, thanks to its independent rear suspension, which allows the third row of seats to be folded flat into the floor. This means that the third row is fully usable for real adults, and when stowed it doesn't eat up a few inches of height like the ones in GM's SUVs. A new trim level joins the Expedition lineup, the Platinum trim that's popular on the F-150 pickup truck. It brings upgraded leather in two color choices, Brunello dark red or black, but no real wood trim or upgraded dashboard materials.
Under the Hood
The biggest changes to the Expedition are where you can't see them. Front and center is a new powertrain for the truck: The only engine offered will be a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic and sending power to the rear wheels. Four-wheel-drive is optional. Ford says that the turbo V-6 should be more powerful and more fuel efficient than the old 5.4-liter V-8 it replaces. No V-8 engine will be available for the Expedition, just like the Navigator.
The suspension gets some revision as well, with Ford including a new continuously controlled damping system that lets drivers select between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes. The system monitors 46 unique inputs from body sensors, steering, brakes and more to adjust the dampers in milliseconds and create what Ford says will be a far more engaging vehicle to drive.
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