So far, Ford has only announced a single powertrain option for the all-new, 2018 Ford Expedition SUV, consisting of the automaker’s revised, “second-generation” 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and the new 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted in the 2017 Ford F-150. Mum’s the word on whether other powertrains might be made available.
Mum’s also the word with regard to how much power and torque the twin-turbocharged V6 will produce in this application. That said, website Motor1 was shown evidence that the 2018 Ford Expedition with 3.5L EcoBoost will make no less than 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque when it launches later this year. That’s 25 horsepower and 10 lb-ft better than the 2017 F-150 with the same second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost, and 35 horsepower and 60 lb-ft better than the outgoing SUV’s first-generation mill.
The information reportedly came straight from Ford Canada’s promotional website for the 2018 Ford Explorer, although those numbers have since been taken down. Motor1 reached out to Ford, and company spokesperson Becky Sanch told the website: “We don’t have approved figures yet. I can’t confirm those numbers.”
Also-new-for-2018 is a redesigned frame and an aluminum-alloy body, which help the full-size SUV to shed some 300 pounds compared to the outgoing model. Combined with the engine’s newfound power and torque, plus the new 10-speed auto, that ought to equate to an appreciable improvement in towing and hauling capability.