2015 Expedition, What do we Know?
Some of you may have been hoping we’d see a new Expedition for 2014, but no such luck, we’ll have to do with the current Expedition originating from 2007 for one more year. A new 2015 Ford Expedition is currently set to be released in late 2014. This makes sense as it is an SUV based of the F-150 series of Ford trucks, these are further along in development, and have a higher priority for Ford (much higher volume product). So if you hear of any delays for the 2015 F-150, you can expect delays for the Expedition, as we are almost certain there is no way Ford would release it ahead of the F-150.
NOTE: If you would like a quick summary, feel free to scroll to the end of this article.
Last week we did an article about what we’d expect a new Expedition to tow, reasoning that with tow-ratings for the F-150 on the rise, we could see a new Expedition tow in excess of 10,000 pounds, just like its old, yet capable brother, the Excursion. Which during its time had a tow rating far superior of the Expedition. This of course is speculation at this point, but it is to an extent fact-based. So we are very curious how close our predictions will actually be.
As far as what we do know, the new expedition is currently slated to receive the Coyote 5.0 V8 (featuring Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing or Ti-VCT) found in both the current F-150 and Mustang. Currently it is rated at 360 horsepower and 380 ft-lb’s of torque. Whether this motor will receive an update for the 2015 model year Expedition and F-150 is unknown at this point. You might ask, what of the 3.5 liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6? This is currently slated for the Lincoln Navigator (Lincoln’s Expedition-based SUV). Ford’s current thinking is to reserve the more premium engine for its more-premium SUV built as a Lincoln. This engine is currently rated at 365 horsepower and a staggering 420 ft-lb’s of torque (more on possible updates to this engine in the next paragraph). Currently Ford is also hinting at the 3.7 liter V6 engine rounding out the engine line up as a base engine (currently 302 hp, 278 ft-lb tq).
We also know that the Expedition will remain a Body-On-Frame (BOF) design, which further supports the fact that it will be F-150 based. When Ford released the Atlas Concept at the Detroit Auto Show they talked about an updated EcoBoost engine featuring truck-enhanced start/stop technology. We may not see this in the first year of the new Expedition/F-150, Ford has released new platforms ahead of new engine tech before. Another exciting feature that can expect is a 10-speed transmission. Just like the 2015 F-150 we can expect the 2015 Expedition to make extensive use of aluminum and high-strength-steel, all in the name of weight-savings. All this should net a very healthy increase in miles per gallon over the current generation.
Finally, what would I like to see on the new Expedition? Perhaps a high-power V8 option like that offered on the F-150, the 6.2 liter V8 good 411 hp and 434 ft-lb tq. I would also like to see a diesel option, like the transit will be getting in the form of a 3.2 liter Inline 5 Powerstroke, this would be a great option for mpg-conscious people, especially those that tend to drive their trucks long distance. This could potentially put the Expedition into the high 20’s for mpg’s, or dare I say it could hit 30mpg with this engine? As I mentioned above, matching the now long discontinued Excursion in towing capabilities would be awesome.
5.0 V8 Coyote (360 hp / 380 tq) (Expedition)
- 3.5 V6 EcoBoost (365 hp / 420 tq) (Navigator)
3.7 V6 Base (302 hp / 278 tq) (Both)
- 10-Speed Transmission (may not be introduced right away)
- Upgraded EcoBoost Engine with start/stop tech (may not be introduced right away)
- Significant weight savings through extensive use of Aluminum and High Strength (lighter weight) steel
- Currently slated as a 2015 model year vehicle to be released late 2014
- Will use traditional truck-based Body-on-frame (BOF) design