2015 Ford Expedition Ditches V8 Engine With Eye on Better Fuel Economy


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    2015 Ford Expedition Picture

    2015 Ford Expedition. | February 18, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2015 Ford Expedition will only be offered with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, as the automaker abandons the 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 in the current model in the interest of improved fuel economy.
  • Ford has not released fuel economy estimates on the 2015 Expedition, but tells Edmunds the SUV "will at least match and likely improve on today's numbers."
  • The 2015 Expedition will arrive at dealerships later this year.

DALLAS — The redesigned 2015 Ford Expedition will only be offered with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, as the automaker abandons the 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 in the current model in the interest of improved fuel economy.

The 2015 Expedition, including a new Platinum series and new King Ranch edition, will arrive at dealerships later this year.

Pricing has not been announced.

Ford has not released fuel economy estimates on the 2015 Expedition, but William Mattiace, a Ford spokesman, told Edmunds the SUV "will at least match and likely improve on today's numbers."

He added: "It will have similar tuning to the V6 EcoBoost in the (Ford) F-150."

The 2014 F-150 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 365 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque. That version of the pickup truck returns 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The two-wheel-drive 2014 Expedition with the 5.4-liter V8 engine and six-speed automatic returns 14 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The four-wheel-drive version returns 13 mpg in city driving and 18 mpg on the highway.

Ford has not yet released critical technical information about the 2015 Expedition, including horsepower and torque.

However, the tow rating on the 2015 Expedition is 9,200 pounds, which is the same as the outgoing truck.

The 2015 Expedition is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring a Manual mode with a shift-mounted rocker switch to select the desired gear.

Cosmetic changes to the SUV include a new front end with optional LED foglights and a redesigned rear hatch. The 2015 Expedition also gets a new wheel lineup, including factory-installed 22-inch models and chrome-tipped exhaust pipes.

The top-of-the-line Platinum model features Sync with MyFord Touch, push-button start and a Blind Spot Information System.

The Expedition competes with the Chevrolet Suburban, Nissan Armada and Toyota Land Cruiser, among others.

The wraps came off the 2015 Expedition at the 2014 Dallas Fort Worth Auto Show.

Texas is Ford's largest market by sales volume and home to the top two cities for Expedition sales: Dallas and Houston.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers are just going to have to wait for those critical pieces of information, but if the Expedition is a Ford F-150 in SUV clothing, perhaps it won't be a shock to see an improvement in horsepower and fuel economy.

Comments

  • themandarin themandarin Posts:

    Ford Dinosaur

  • piredon piredon Posts:

    Good move. It had to be the slowest V8 powered passenger car on the planet. I doubt the fuel economy will improve much, but at least it should be a little faster.

  • kokomojoe kokomojoe Posts:

    What next Front wheel drive? That could be a disaster for Ford is people want a vehicle to tow with. It seems Ford is handing much of their market share to GM

  • frizz2113 frizz2113 Posts:

    The Ecoboost is fine for towing; it will certainly out-tow the old 5.4 liter it's replacing. Ford's biggest problem with this vehicle is going to be the fact that they went back to their old ways of slapping a revised front and rear treatment on the same old design that hasn't changed for a decade. The new parts are fine, if a bit underwhelming, but it's obvious that the sides of this beast, as well as the Lincoln Navigator, are essentially the same as the originals from the 90's. This would be fine if the vehicle had seen fairly regular updates over the years, but it's been largely ignored. Love or hate the new GM full size SUV's, they all look like new vehicles. The Fords are going to look ancient in comparison. Rumor has it that the Expedition is going to receive the F-150 aluminum treatment, along with the corresponding weight reduction in a couple of years, but I'm not sure there's going to be much market left for Ford by then.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Ford needs to finally deliver on the hype of "V6 fuel economy" in this type of ecobost engine. Aim for economy on par with the Ram V6.

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