New spy shots of what can really only be the next Ford Expedition full-size SUV have emerged – a vehicle anticipated to launch for 2018 after an unveiling at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Check in with Autoblog for the full gallery of photos.
The current, third-generation Ford Expedition has grown quite long in the tooth indeed, having retained essentially the same design since the 2007 model year. For 2015, the SUV received its mid-cycle refresh, but it’s still overdue for a complete redesign.
What’s most notable about the spied 2018 Ford Expedition test mule is how immediately it recalls the Lincoln Navigator concept shown earlier this year in New York. Autoblog‘s Brandon Turkus made very much the same observation, pointing to the straight belt line, raked windshield, and long rear windows as evidence. We would also add to that the gently-sloping roof line.
Also worth noting is the rear glass on this Ford Expedition test mule, which is raked more than the rear camouflage would have you believe. Click through the gallery and you’ll see what we mean.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is expected to incorporate aluminum alloy body panels for the sake of weight-savings, just as its body-on-frame companion – the current F-150 – did before it. The new, second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6 bound for the 2017 F-150 will likely power the new SUV, perhaps mated to the truck’s same 10-speed automatic, but alternative powerplant options are currently unknown.
Finally, Autoblog says that its spy photographers have suggested a hybrid version of the new Ford Expedition ought to come along, possibly powered by a 3.5-liter V6 along with an electric motor or two.