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Look Out Perps! Ford Launches Police-Prepped 2018 F-150 & Expedition

The Special Service Vehicle package is ready for government and fleet duty

Ford is updating its lineup of Special Service Vehicles to include the updated 2018 F-150 and all-new 2018 Expedition. The pair joins the Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. Altogether, the foursome provides the widest vehicle array designed for police and government use by any one automaker.

The F-150 and Expedition SSV are fitted with special equipment designed to accommodate aftermarket upfiting with warning lights, communication radios, and laptop stands. The XL trim level brings heavy-duty rubber flooring and vinyl seats for easy clean up. Even the front 40/20/40-split bench is replaced by a 40/blank/40-split bench to accommodate center command consoles – all to make the F-150 and Expedition ready for duty. Furthermore, the gear shifters are column-mounted for more free space down low.

Ford is limiting the drivetrain choices for the F-150, allowing only the revamped 5.0-liter V-8 and the new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Both are connected to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. The Expedition is solely powered by the EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic. A 3.73 ratio and limited slip are standard in the Expedition’s rear differential. A high-output 240-amp alternator provides more power than the standard unit, making enough juice to power the bevy of equipment often found in police vehicles.

Police departments and other government agencies can order their vehicles with either RWD or 4WD. The F-150 is available in both SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations, while the Expedition only comes in its standard length.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

The F-150 and Expedition SSVs are not pursuit-rated, so don’t expect to see one involved in a high-speed chase, though both the V-8 and EcoBoost should have no trouble hitting triple-digit speeds. The SSV packages should become available in the latter parts of 2017.

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2018 Ford Expedition

Ford brings F-150-style technology to its full-size SUV

Ford worked tirelessly to improve the current F-150 by reducing mass and adding efficient turbocharged engines all mounted on a high-strength steel frame. It’s now those same advancements will make their way onto the all-new 2018 Expedition SUV. Ford pulled the covers off the new three-row crossover ahead of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, and boy, does its F-150 roots shine through.

The 2018 Expedition rides on a modified version of the F-150’s fully boxed steel frame, but uses a four-wheel independent suspension system for a smooth ride. Both the standard-length and long wheelbase version are making the generational jump. The new sheet metal is stamped from aluminum, of course, which Ford says helps save more than 300 pound over the outgoing model. The interior also features the same dashboard and steering wheel as the F-150 and Super Duty. The Expedition does get plenty of bespoke bits inside, including a rotary gear knob, terrain selector controls, and newly redesigned second and third row seats.

Technology improvements are vast, as well, including all the modern active safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. The in-dash tech also sees a big improvement, with Ford’s Sync 3 system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices in a 50-foot perimeter around the SUV.

As expected, the Expedition is powered by Ford’s updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which mates to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford has not, however, released horsepower and torque specs, but we’re betting it will match the F-150’s 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. If so, the Expedition will solidify itself as one of the most powerful of the domestic three-row SUVs – not counting the outrageous SRT 392 Durango Dodge just debuted, of course.

So without further summarizing, let’s jump into all the details Ford has released.

Update 02/07/2017: Ford has debuted the all-new 2018 Expedition ahead of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The three-row SUV features a host of F-150-based updates, along with a slew of safety upgrades. And as expected, the body is aluminum.

Ford Confirms 2018 Expedition’s Aluminum Body

Blue Oval executive spills beans at assembly pant celebration

News on the next-generation Expedition is heating up. The latest information comes directly from Ford, as company executives recently told investors the 2018 Expedition will make the jump to an aluminum body. This follows the Ford’s move to the lighter material, starting with the 2015 F-150 and 2017 Super Duty.

The announcement came during a celebration of production for the 2017 Super Duty at the Louisville, Kentucky Truck Plant. The plant, which also builds the Expedition, has received $1.3 billion over the last year to fund its conversion and retooling for aluminum. The Expedition’s transition to an aluminum body isn’t a big surprise, considering the Louisville plant is the only production facility for the three-row SUV and aluminum’s considerable weight advantage. Ford has already seen improvements in fuel efficiency with the F-150 and Super Duty, and will expect the same benefits with the next-generation Expedition.

This isn’t the first news we’ve seen of the 2018 Expedition. An early test mule was recently spotted wearing thick camouflage and black wheels. The swirly camo and false roofline helped conceal the SUV’s true shape and styling, but plenty can be gathered despite the cladding. We expect it to get similar styling to the F-150, helping tie in the SUV to the popular F-Series lineup.

The Expedition is also expected to receive large updates to the ladder frame, suspension system, and powertrains. We expect to see a new frame design made from lighter high-strength steel like the F-150’s, updated front and rear suspension tuning, and the addition of the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and new 10-speed automatic transmission. Ford could also include the F-150’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 as the standard engine option, making the 375-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost an optional extra.

Expect fuel economy to see improvements by a few mpg thanks to the lighter curb weight, added transmission gears, and more efficient yet powerful EcoBoost engines. Pricing is likely to remain within spitting distance of the current Expedition’s price point.

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Posted on by Jeffrey N. Ross  

Big, burly truck-based SUVs may have officially jumped the shark in 2008 when gasoline prices spiked and the recession took hold, but don’t count this segment out just yet. Although full-size SUVs are quickly being replaced by minivan-like, three-row crossovers (such as the 2013-2014 Chevrolet Traverse and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder), there are plenty of people out there who still need an SUV that is fully capable of hauling almost a baseball team full of passengers without giving up any of the ruggedness or payload capacity that a solid frame allows. For these people, the 2015 Ford Expedition is among a dying breed of body-on-frame SUVs made popular in an era when gas price hovered close to $1.00 per gallon.

A lot has changed in the automobile industry since those days, and a key example of this is the 2015 Ford Expedition. At the height of the SUV craze, not having a V-8 under the hood was almost certainly a death sentence for any full-size truck or SUV, but as proof of just how far Ford is taking its EcoBoost engine technology, the new Expedition is only available with the twin-turbo V-6. To see how this big six-cylinder SUV stacks up against a segment filled with gas-guzzling V-8s, I had the chance to take the long-wheelbase 2015 Ford Expedition EL in the new luxury-minded Platinum trim level for a two-week spin during a recent family vacation.

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2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford . The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series .

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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Ford has pulled the covers off its newest, full-size, and only body-on-frame SUV today, the 2015 Ford Expedition. Still in its third generation, the Expedition gets a much-needed makeover that includes many of the designs and features its cousin, the Lincoln Navigator received just months prior.

Much has changed to better the Expedition and help with fuel economy and drivability, but much remains the same or carryover from the previous year. The biggest news under its resculpted hood is the addition of Ford’s bread-n-butter 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Gone is the old 5.4-liter Triton V-8, leaving the EcoBoost as the Expedition’s only powerplant. Both the standard and EL, or extended length versions return with seating for five and eight passengers in high-riding comfort.

Speaking of comfort, Ford is bringing its popular, top-of-the-line Platinum series to the Expedition. The trim level ranks above the western-style King Ranch that previously held the top spot. Like the F-150s, the Platinum series will focus more on modern luxury with a clean, non-themed design aimed at more the ‘city folk’ type. MyFord Touch, SYNC, push-button start, blind sport warning, and even the F-150’s “Truck Apps” will be available.

Also new is Ford’s first-ever attempt at a continuously controlled damping suspension system. It features three driver-selectable drive modes that tailor the ride style to changing conditions. It’s designed to manage body motion, steering feedback, and unevenness in the road. Helping the system out is Ford’s new electric power-assisted steering. That system is said to improve maneuverability at low speeds and provide more feel at higher speeds. It will ever automatically compensate for heavy cross winds and road crowns.

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Ford released the third-generation Expedition in 2007, and it has remained relatively unchanged since then, with the exception of some trim changes. If you were hoping for big changes in 2014, then you are in for a serious disappointment, as it remains nearly unchanged once again. The only real change is the addition of a new mechanical load-leveling system in place of the loud air-based system.

Don’t fret, however, as the Expedition also retains the ruggedness that it always has had, and is one of the few SUV s to retain its body-on-frame construction. This ruggedness includes a 9,200-pound towing capacity and a sub-9-second run to 60 mph.

Is this enough to keep the Expedition competitive with the likes of the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban and the 2014 Toyota Sequoia ?

Click past the jump to read our full review on the long-in-the-tooth Expedition to find out if it remains a class leader or loses some real estate to its competitors.

Wouldn’t you just love to have a nice and shiny coin in hand to teach the driver of this gray Expedition a thing or two about being a certified parking douche. It’s bad enough that he can’t seem to understand the significance of the parking lines, but to park your SUV right smack in the middle of not one, not two, not three, but FOUR parking spaces? That takes the level of douchery to an entirely new level. Now, back to that coin; we have a couple of things we’d love to do with it to this SUV, all of which would fall under "parking justice". On a serious note, we probably wouldn’t do it, but that would require a massive amount of self-control.

Source: Jalopnik

Before you get on the road this long 4th of July weekend make sure you give vehicle a solid once over. Like Mario Andretti used to say: "There’s alot riding on your tires." So if you are a fan of the blue oval brand then you might want to pay attention to this.

Haven’t we heard this news before?

A car manufacturer recalls their vehicles because they found out there was something wrong with them. Now we have the latest recalls courtesy of both Ford.

It’s been reported that Ford is recalling 1,357 of its 2009 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigators because of defective brake lights.

According to the geniuses at Ford, a malfunctioning switch can result in a delay in brake stop-lamp illumination and in some cases, could be the difference between an accident and a close shave.

Fortunately for the fine folks at Ford, there has yet to be a reported accident that came as a result of this glitch and to their credit, they`re not going to wait around for the first one to happen.

So if you have either a 2009 Ford Expedition or a Lincoln Navigator and you happen to notice that your tail lights aren`t working the way they`re supposed to, you might want to contact Ford at (866) 436-7332 to have this problem fixed. You never know, it just might save you a ton of money in potential damages.

The recall for the Explorer and the Navigator will begin on or before July 6.

Source: Edmunds

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