Finally, Ford introducing a new edition, 2016 Ford Expedition. Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV introduced back in mid nineties in order to replace the infamous Bronco model. Current Expedition has eight year old design which received a facelift for 2015, but fourth generation won’t come before 2017. This means that in-between model for 2016 will be carried over for one more time.
2016 Ford Expedition Engine range
Most likely, all eight available trim levels will also be carried over and Expedition will be available as: XLT, XLT EL, Limited, Limited EL, King Ranch, Platinum, King Ranch EL and Platinum EL. So many available models and yet only one powertrain. However available 3.5L ecoboost V6 engine fits quite well in Expedition’s story and 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque don’t require an alternative. All models have standard rear-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive is optional.
Exterior design might be old, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad.
Design – Exterior and Interior
Expedition is boxy, but also powerful and yet classy in its own way. Front end has three-stripe chrome grille and angular headlights with heavy bumper and big fenders on the side. Out back, full-size pickup-based SUV has long clear three-side window as rear pillars are just behind the rear doors. Liftgate leaves plenty of room for loading as plate sticks out by a few inches.
Inside, Expedition offers seating room for up to eight people and both passenger and cargo space are solid. Cabin trim comes a full circle from soft plastics to stylish wood accents, and so do seats from cloth to premium perforated leather. It all depends on a trim level. Base models get standard 4.2-inch center display with MyFord conectivity, while higher grades get standard 8-inch touch screen with navigation which is optional even on entry level. Some of the advanced features include dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control and twin 7-inch color LCD wide-screen monitors in rear seat entertainment system. As rearview camera is standard across the lineup, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alerts is also available and comes as standard from King Ranch model, while being optional in Limited grade.
2016 Ford Expedition Fuel Economy and Price
Fuel economy ratings have been upgraded in 2015 year model and will be copied in 2016. With base RWD, Expedition will be rated at 16/22 mpg, while 4WD should lower the numbers to 15/20 mpg. Prices will again start from $43,500 and should reach the $61,000 which is the cost of top Platinum EL model.
2016 Ford Explorer will mark the end of an era for blue oval’s boxy full-size SUV. Hints of next-generation models have already been seen as new downsized powertrain returns slightly better fuel economy ratings, but what will be the story in design department remains to be seen. For now, 2016 year model will keep its boxy look, but these types of vehicles are becoming a dying breed.