2019 State Fair of Texas – Ford Expedition King Ranch Edition Returns for 2020
Updates in Store for Expedition Platinum Too
Ford will reintroduce a familiar trim level to its largest SUV family with the 2020 Expedition King Ranch edition. Announced in advance of the 2019 State Fair of Texas, where it will make its public debut, the Expedition King Ranch boasts unique, Western-inspired styling features and sumptuous luxury befitting its heritage. It will be available in short-wheelbase Expedition and long-wheelbase Expedition MAX variants.
Setting it apart from other Blue Oval SUV models, the King Ranch gets two-tone Stone Gray exterior accents on the grille, lower bumpers, running boards, skid plate, roof rack side rails, and sideview mirrors. The wheels (massive 22-inchers) receive a machine finish with tarnished-look spoke pockets, and the "Running W" King Ranch logo appears on the center caps (as well as the front fenders and liftgate).
Inside, the Expedition King Ranch features premium Del Rio brown leather for all three rows of seats, with Del Rio black leather appearing on the door trim and console. The same "Running W" appears on the seatbacks, and Ziricote wood veneers appear throughout the interior.
Predictably, the Expedition King Ranch (built in partnership with and named for the largest ranch in Texas) is very well equipped, including continuously controlled dampers, a 360-degree parking camera, power-folding mirrors, and more. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist is also standard, bundling automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active parking assistance, and a lane keeping system.
Ford's range-topping Expedition is still the Platinum model, which is updated slightly for 2020 with new 22-inch wheels, upgraded leather materials, and leather wrapping for the instrument panel topper, door trim, console rales, and front and rear door armrests.
Notably, Ford says that about 20 percent of new Expedition shoppers opt for the Platinum, while about 60 percent choose either the Platinum or the Limited. Clearly, luxurious large SUVs are a key product for the company.
Safety First, Convenience Second
All Expeditions will come standard with Co-Pilot 360 for 2020, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure prevention. The lineup will also come with FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi and SYNC 3 connectivity.
And the Expedition will continue to offer excellent towing capacity for 2020—up to 9,300 pounds properly equipped for the Expedition and 9,000 pounds properly equipped for the Expedition MAX. That compares well to the 8,600 pounds offered by the Chevrolet Tahoe and the 7,400 pounds available in a Toyota Sequoia.