2018 Ford Expedition FX4

Filed in Ford Expedition by on November 14, 2017 • views: 42

Ford claims that 20 percent of Expedition owners use their vehicles in rugged situations. Seeing this demand, Ford has released the all new 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 which they claim to be their most off-road capable Expedition yet. The FX4 package includes a number of modifications which are designed to help the Expedition perform well off-road.

The FX4 package has a long list of upgrades. First is the electronic limited slip differential, which can allocate power to whichever wheel has more grip, providing better traction. Included with this differential is a 3.73:1 ratio axle to help improve towing performance. The FX4 package also gets you a new set of shocks plus some all terrain tires which sit on 18 inch metallic painted aluminum wheels, all of which helps provide traction off-road.

Ford have fit the FX4 with seven different kinds of skid plates on the underside of the vehicle in order to protect the car from harsh obstacles, also improving departure and approach angles. Finally, the FX4 package features chrome running boards and unique FX4 badging, plus some rubber floor liners to complete the package.

Powering the 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 is a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 which makes 375 Horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. All this power is connected to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. This, together with the 3.73 ratio axle allow for a maximum towing capacity of 9,300 lbs, best in its class.

If you step up to the 2018 Expedition Platinum, the power rating for the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will go up to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, if you use 93-octane fuel.

FX4 Off-Road Package includes:

Patented electronic limited-slip rear differential to help improve off-road performance in low-traction situations by automatically varying power output side-to-side, depending on which wheels need extra traction. With 3.73:1 gearing, the electronic limited-slip rear differential also improves towing performance and capability

Off-road-tuned shocks more stiffly tuned to keep wheels in contact with the road

All-terrain tires with thicker sidewalls to maintain a smooth ride while delivering the traction needed over rough terrain

Seven different skid plates that serve as underbody armor and protect critical areas. They include a new sand shield to protect the turbocharger intercoolers from getting clogged when driving through tall berms in sand dunes, plus steel plates to protect steering gear, engine, transmission and transfer case and a full-length guard for the fuel tank. To help climb over tall or steep obstacles, the chin spoiler beneath the front bumper has been shortened to improve approach angles

Unique 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels

Chrome running boards

FX4 badging on the liftgate and front fender

New rubber floor liners featuring deep side sills that can be removed and cleaned of any mud, sand or water that gets dragged in on family adventures

Expedition’s all-new easy-to-use Terrain Management System™ lets FX4 customers select from seven special drive modes that help Expedition automatically adapt to different road conditions. This includes normal for around town driving, sport for more spirited trips, tow/haul for improved towing and hauling performance, eco for enhanced fuel economy, grass/gravel/snow for loose terrain, sand for low traction situations and mud/rut for uneven surfaces. Expedition FX4 drivers also can manually select either 2WD or 4WD modes in a given drive mode, depending on their preferences and terrain.

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