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The New Expedition, How Much Will it Tow?

Thursday, June 27th 2013. | 2015 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Reviews

Writing the article about the Excursion yesterday got me thinking. Would an all-new 2015 Expedition, or perhaps as late as 2016, be as-capable or nearly-as-capable as the 2005 and older Excursion? Tow ratings for the F-150 have steadily gone up over the years, since the current Expedition is based on the previous model year F-150, we should expect a healthy increase in towing capabilities from an all-new Expedition.

2015 Ford Expedition Test Mule

There are several unknowns here, will a new Expedition be based on a current-model F-150, or will it be based on the 2015 F-150? I think the latter is more likely, because why would Ford use a platform that is on its way out to make a brand-new SUV? Unless Ford has a significant reason to build it on the current platform, I imagine they’ll want to use all their latest technology on a new SUV, with that being the case we won’t see a new Expedition until after the 2015 F-150 is available.

2015 Ford Expedition Concept, Artists Rendering

This is however a good thing (besides having to wait longer), as the 2015 F-150 promises to be significantly lighter weight thanks to the liberal use of aluminum. In addition to that a new EcoBoost engine has been talked about, in connection with the Atlas concept, that will make use of start-stop technology and a number of other methods to save you money at the pump. Another exciting prospect is Ford’s new-to-America 3.2 liter diesel I5 Powerstroke engine (also known as DuraTorq in Europe). This would be a little bit of a nod to the Excursion in-as-far that it was also available as a diesel. I can only hope that this engine will find its way into the engine bay of both a 2015 F-150 and the next Expedition.

2013 Ford Atlas Concept 028

Let’s get back to towing here. I realized with the Excursion gone, that Ford doesn’t really offer an SUV anymore that has the towing capacity that the Excursion did. In its last year the 2005 Excursion, when properly equipped had a max towing capability of a quite impressive 11,000 pounds! The current Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds in 2WD form, now remember this is an SUV last updated in 2007 and is based on the previous model F-150. Finally, for the purposes of this article we have the 2013 F-150, when equipped with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost or 6.2 liter V8 can tow 11,300 pounds.

2013 Ford F-150 Lariat EcoBoost Badge

So with that data available a new 2015 or 2016 Ford Expedition would have to receive a max tow rating almost 2000 pounds higher than the current 2007-2013 model. Bringing it up to 11,000 pounds, which is what the 2005 Excursion could tow. The current Expedition is no weakling at a capacity of 9,200 pounds, but if we go off the current F-150’s tow rating at 11,300 pounds, a new Expedition could conceivably get up to the numbers its old friend the Excursion is capable of!

2003 Ford Excursion Eddie Bauer outdoors horses

Who knows what sort of towing numbers we’ll see from the 2015 F-150, we can surely expect them to be as good or better than the current 2013 F-150. If we are lucky enough for Ford to bring as an all new Expedition for 2015 or 2016 it will surely be an impressive SUV, that would have Ford competing in the 10,000+ pound tow-rating SUV-class once again (sorry I know that was a mouth full). Another reason I think this will be an impressive SUV is because the current Explorer is no longer a real truck-based SUV. There is nothing wrong with that, but it is high time that Ford have an all-new body-on-frame, truck-based SUV in their very well-rounded line-up.

UPDATE (2/23/2015): The answer is 9,200 pounds, click here for more information

2013 Ford Expedition Left Rear Driving in Snow


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