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)
- 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)
- 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 – )
- 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)
- 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.