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2025 Ford Expedition To Feature Split Liftgate: Exclusive

The 2025 Ford Expedition will be fully revealed this year, and while details about the upcoming SUV aren’t fully known at this juncture, some key information about the full-size utility vehicle has come to light: it will boast a split liftgate when it goes on sale later this year. The feature’s introduction would come after the 2024 Ford F-150 added the Pro Access Tailgate as part of its recent refresh.

Sources tell us that the 2025 Ford Expedition will offer a split liftgate out back. The split liftgate would include a lower section (the tailgate) and an upper section (the upper liftgate). The former would allow users to drop the tailgate in a similar fashion as on a truck like the F-150, while the latter would enable them to access the rear cargo area without opening the tailgate, similar to how the rear glass functions on the current model. Speaking of that rear glass design, a split liftgate would likely eliminate that functionality completely, thereby improving Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels.

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One of the key benefits of a split liftgate is that the tailgate would allow users to sit when it’s extended, while also preventing items in the cargo area from rolling out in models with a single liftgate door. It would also decrease the size of the upward-swinging liftgate panel, useful in low ceiling environments.

The split liftgate could also offer users better access to another feature likely coming to the Expedition as well: Pro Power Onboard. As Ford Authority previously reported, the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will get a hybrid powertrain option before 2028, and Ford recently revealed that all retail vehicles sold in the United States will offer a hybrid by 2030. On the Ford F-150 hybrid, Pro Power Onboard offers up to 7.2 kWh of electricity via a series of 120- and 240-volt outlets located in the pickup’s bed. The current Expedition is solely powered by the Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost.

In addition to the split liftgate, the 2025 Ford Expedition will feature an updated exterior and a significantly reconfigured interior. Cabin revisions include a new infotainment screen flanked by a panoramic display, not unlike what is currently featured on the 2024 Lincoln Nautilus. Presumably, the 2025 Lincoln Navigator will also be redesigned in a similar fashion. In another first, the revamped Expedition will also feature 24-inch wheels for the first time.

We’ll have more on the 2025 Ford Expedition soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Expedition news, and for continuous Ford news updates.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Mark Buckner

    Terrible idea. A conventional truck tailgate means you have to reach over it to get cargo out of the vehicle, which is something you need to do far more frequently than you need a place to sit.

    1. Mf

      Disagree. Have a split tailgate in my X5. It’s great, it’s a built in baby changing table. And you can have the back full and still use it. The bottom section is small enough to easily lift stuff over it, and you can put stuff on the lower section when it’s folded down to slide it in. And I like a truck tailgate, there’s no gap between them, there’s a little flap that covers it up so you can slide stuff easily. And if you park on an incline, it keeps your stuff from rolling out the back.

      It’s really nice for families.

  2. Bruce

    I assumed people who could afford an X5 or an Expedition just had their Nanny change the baby?

    1. Mf

      Uh, no. Not at all.


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