2018 Ford Expedition Spied With Unique Bodywork
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Spy photographers once again caught the 2018 Ford Expedition undergoing testing, but this time, they’ve discovered something: Ford’s next big SUV may not share its styling with the F-150 pickup.
Previous batches of photography showed Ford engineers testing a large SUV with C-shaped headlamps and a stepped beltline, much like the current F-150. We figured these were a good indicator the Expedition would look a lot like the pickup, particularly since the Expedition-specific radiused rear doors matched the F-150’s front doors so well.
But now, this set of spy photos suggests Ford will actually give the Expedition totally unique styling compared to its pickup-bodied platform-mate. Viewed in profile, this particular test vehicle’s front end is obviously raked back farther than the blocky F-150’s. Furthermore, unique doors adorn this newest Expedition, and the truck’s stepped beltline is gone, replaced by more conventional window openings.
The C- and D-pillars look less blocky than in the past, recalling the smaller Ford Explorer crossover. The Explorer may have also donated elements of its front end styling, as peering underneath the camouflage reveals what look like swept-back headlamps and a chrome-heavy grille. We’d bet the 2018 Ford Expedition would have a body-colored C-pillar and blacked-out A-, B-, and D-pillars, furthering the family resemblance between the Explorer and its biggest brother.
What’s more, these new images give us a slightly better idea of what the 2018 Lincoln Navigator might look like. Indeed, some of the design’s hard points (windshield base, roof supports) appear as though they were inspired by Lincoln’s fullsize SUV concept from earlier this year. That bodes well for the spyshots we ran a few days ago, showing clear Continental design cues for the big ‘Gator.
We hope to see fully revealed versions of the 2018 Ford Expedition at the North American International Auto Show in January 2017.
Source: Chris Doane Automotive