2018 Ford Expedition Gets FX4 Off-Road Package, Official Power Numbers Top-Spec Expedition Platinum Gets 400 hp, 480 lb-ft
The FX4 package returns to the 2018 Expedition.
Ford is bringing the FX4 package back to the Expedition for 2018, giving consumers an off-road oriented option for the big SUV.
Ford claims that 20 percent of Expedition owners use their vehicles in rugged situations. For those fullsize off-roaders, the FX4 would be a good option box to tick, since it adds a Ford-patented electronic limited-slip differential with a gear ratio of 3.73:1, off-road oriented shock tuning, all-terrain tires with more robust sidewalls, and seven different skidplates: steering gear, engine, transmission, transfer case, fuel tank, and intercoolers. Furthermore, the FX4 gets rubber floor liners and package-specific 18-inch cast aluminum wheels painted Magnetic Metallic. Curiously, Ford also outfits the FX4 with clearance-robbing chrome running boards; we would prefer to see either power retractable boards or nothing at all.
In addition, the company announced official power numbers for the Expedition, with the XL, XLT, and Limited producing 375 hp at 5,000 rpm and 470 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm. The top-spec Expedition Platinum will produce 400 hp at the same engine speed and 480 lb-ft at a response-friendly 3,250 rpm. Combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a claimed 300-pound weight loss over the preceding Expedition, those power numbers should give the 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 very brisk performance indeed. Standard automatic stop-start should improve efficiency as well, and Ford claims a segment-best towing capacity of up to 9,300 pounds.
Ford also announced power outputs of the 2018 F-150’s gasoline engines. The new base engine, a 3.3L naturally aspirated V-6, will put out 290 hp and 265 lb-ft, respective increases of 8 and 12 over the previous 3.5L V-6. However, with a power peak of 6,500 rpm and torque peak of 4,000 rpm, this engine is best suited to commuting or handyman duty, rather than all-out towing or hauling.
One step up from the F-150’s base V-6 is a turbocharged 2.7L V-6. This smallish engine raised a few eyebrows when it debuted in the 2015 F-150, but its power numbers are right there with some competitors’ V-8s. For 2018, it puts out the same horsepower as before (325 hp at 5,000 rpm), but with 400 lb-ft at 2,750 rpm, it out-twists the 2017 truck by 25.
The sole V-8 in the F-150’s enginehouse is a 5.0L unit that’s revised and updated for 2018. It produces 395 hp at 5,750 rpm (up 10 hp) and 400 lb-ft at 3,850 rpm (up 13 lb-ft). That’s even more horsepower than the top-spec non-Raptor 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, which makes do with 375 ponies. Speaking of the 3.5L V-6, both the F-150 and the Raptor versions of that engine are unchanged for 2018, riding on their heavy updates that came for 2017.
Adding performance to most F-150 customers is a 10-speed automatic transmission, standard equipment with every engine save the 3.3L V-6. It’s a smooth-shifting unit, and it’ll add to the F-150’s attractiveness for most customers. As with the Expedition, the F-150 comes standard with auto stop-start.
Both the 2018 Expedition and F-150 arrive in dealers this fall, with pricing yet to be announced.