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A look back: 2003 Ford Excursion

Wednesday, June 26th 2013. | Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Reviews

Sadly Ford has cancelled the Ford Excursion. The Excursion was a large SUV based on the Super Duty, because of that it was a highly capable SUV, able to seat many and able to tow very heavy loads (11,000 pounds, properly equipped). The Excursion was available from 1999 till 2005. Its sales peaked in 2001 and slowly declined till it was cut from Ford’s lineup in 2005. It was available with both gasoline and diesel engines. The 5.4L V8 (255 horsepower) and 6.8L V10 (310 horsepower) modular made up the gasoline end of things through its production run. From 2000 – 2003 the Excursion was available with a turbo-charged 7.3 liter Powerstroke diesel (250 horsepower). In 2003 the Excursion, along with the Super Duty got upgraded to the 6.0 liter Powerstroke (325 horsepower) (depending on who you ask, it may not be considered an upgrade). The Excursion was available in Eddie Bauer trim starting in the ’03 model year, it got a minor face-lift for the ’05 model year.

2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer outdoors horses

The largest SUV currently available in Ford’s line-up is the Ford Expedition, based on the F-150, making it a very capable SUV still. I don’t think it is likely we’ll see the Excursion return in the near future. But we will perhaps see an updated Expedition soon, with the way the capability of the F-150 has increased over the years (we are now up to 11,300 pounds), it may be very equally matched with its older brother, the Excursion, with its 11,000 pound rating. Below is a photo gallery of the 2003 Ford Excursion in various trims (pictured above is the Eddie Bauer trim).


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