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Ford Expedition Through the Years

2016 Ford Expedition Through the Years

Ford Expedition Overview

When Ford wanted a replacement for the rugged Ford Bronco, it chose the Ford Expedition. This truck-based, powerful, off-road capable SUV has been around for 2 decades. The Expedition is based off the insanely popular Ford F-150, and shares many of the same components. While many big SUVs didn’t survive a recession and $4.11/gallon gas, the Expedition powered through. Today, Carsforsale.com is looking at the history and evolution of the Ford Expedition through the years.

Ford Expedition Through the Years

1st Generation (1997 – 2002)

1997 Ford Expedition

  • Released in 1996 as a 1997 model, the first Ford Expedition offered seating for up to 9 passengers, with an optional front bench seat.
  • A 4.6L V8 engine came standard, and a 5.4L V8 was optional.
  • The 1st generation Expedition could tow up to 8,100 pounds.
  • Initial feature options included leather seating, heated side mirrors, dual zone climate control, power moon roof, subwoofer, and more.
  • In 2000, Ford added options such as hidden antenna, lane departure indicators, rear park assist, and auto dimming rearview mirrors.
  • Throughout the first generation, the Ford Expedition saw its highest sales ever, with over 200,000 sold per year between 1997 and 2000.

2nd Generation (2003 – 2006)

2003 Ford Expedition

  • The 2nd gen Ford Expedition offered rear independent suspension.
  • Design was updated overall, with a modern grille, side cladding, updated interior and more.
  • Maximum towing capacity increased to as much as 8,900 pounds.
  • Optional features included power adjustable pedals, navigation, DVD entertainment, 6-disc CD Changer, and more.
  • In 2005, Ford dropped the 4.6L V8, making the 5.4L the standard engine.

3rd Generation (2007 –       )

3rd Generation Ford Expedition

  • Overall design was updated. Most notably, Ford added its big, 3-bar chrome grille.
  • A longer EL/Max Expedition was introduced, in an effort to fill the gap left by the Ford Excursion, discontinued in 2005.
  • Optional features include blind-spot monitors, sunroof, adaptive shocks, power tailgate, power-folding 3rd row seats, USB, 8-inch touchscreen, voice command, heated and ventilated seats, keyless ignition, and more.
  • In 2015, Ford refreshed the design of the Ford Expedition.
  • Also in 2015, Ford dropped the V8 for a 3.5L twin-turbo, aluminum V6, producing 365 hp and 420 lb. ft. of torque.
  • The V6 engine maintains a towing capacity of up to 9,200 lbs.

4th Generation (Est. 2018)

2018 Ford Expedition

  • The 4th generation Ford Expedition will allegedly be a 2018 model.
  • Spy photos of this SUV appear to share many design characteristics with the current Ford F-150.
  • We also expect the 2018 Expedition to take on the aluminum body of the F-150.

Ford Expedition Fast Facts

  • Ford used the name “Expedition” twice before 1996. It appeared as the “F-150 Eddie Bauer Expedition” and as a trim level of the Ford Explorer Sport in 1995.
  • Seth Gold of Hardcore Pawn and Chris O’Donnell from NCIS: Los Angeles have both driven Ford Expeditions.

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Caroline Rex

She's a graphic designer by trade, but loves writing blog posts on the side. As a closet car fanatic, Caroline enjoy sprinkling knowledge about the unique ins and outs of the underdogs of the auto world. #neonsruletheworld

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    Mark Marky April 7, 2016

    I do like the current one, but no V-8..
    I don’t want a twin turbo V-6 with a V-8 sound track pumped through the speakers as Ford does with all its Trucks and Mustang eco Boost….
    GM has the best true fullsize suv,Durango and Grand Cherokee are the best mid size suvs..


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