• 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road: Is this Ford’s Most Capable Expedition? [News]


    Ford has released the all new 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 which they claim to be their most off-road capable Expedition yet. The FX4 package includes a number of modifications which are designed to help the Expedition perform well off-road.

    The FX4 package has a long list of upgrades. First is the electronic limited slip differential, which can allocate power to whichever wheel has more grip, providing better traction. Included with this differential is a 3.73:1 ratio axle to help improve towing performance. The FX4 package also gets you a new set of shocks plus some all terrain tires which sit on 18 inch metallic painted aluminum wheels, all of which helps provide traction off-road.

    Ford have fit the FX4 with seven different kinds of skid plates on the underside of the vehicle in order to protect the car from harsh obstacles, also improving departure and approach angles. Finally, the FX4 package features chrome running boards and unique FX4 badging, plus some rubber floor liners to complete the package.

    Powering the 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 is a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 which makes 375 Horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. All this power is connected to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. This, together with the 3.73 ratio axle allow for a maximum towing capacity of 9,300 lbs, best in its class.

    If you step up to the 2018 Expedition Platinum, the power rating for the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 will go up to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, if you use 93-octane fuel.


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    41 thoughts on “2018 Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road: Is this Ford’s Most Capable Expedition? [News]

      1. I don’t think that the CV’s could handle all of that torque with a true locker. It could be a clever electronic unit that mimics a locker, without the risk of breakage. Of course, I am just speculating.

          1. It’s both a limited-slip and a locking differential all-in-one. The rear differential uses multi-disc technology. It can act as a LSD or be locked. There is also a lock/unlock button on the center console.

      1. I was gonna say it looks like an Explorer and a Chevy Tahoe had a one-night stand and this was the result.

        1. “not do much to improve fuel economy”?

          Diesels improve fuel economy 20% to 60%

          Especially under load. Why are there so many people on this site taht speak untruth?

            1. The Titan is a V8, but even it gets much better mileage under load as proven by this very website TFL. Have you been paying attention?
              Sure, I would take the 6 Cummins anyday over the v8, but that doesn’t change the fact that diesels are far better under load and even unladen like the Colorado at 32 mpg!

            2. Jerry and Parley- yes- we HAVE been paying attention. Looking at the XD Gas vs Diesel fuel economy test, there’s a 10% advantage to the diesel- by volume. Check your local fuel prices. Around here it fluctuates between a 5-15% premium for diesel of regular. If all you’re after is range, then fine. But in the wallet, where most of us care, it doesn’t wash. We’ve seen the 3.5EB run up the steepest highway grade, barely breaking a sweat. A small diesel, like the 3L V6 coming to the F150 might work, (and I really can’t wait to see that head-to-head) but it doesn’t have the HP customers of 55k SUV expect. On-ramps and stop-light races is where its at.

            3. Don’t group all diesels in with the crap ass 5.0 V8 Cummins. Yes most of the diesels are significantly better on fuel and much better towing and low end power than gasoline.

          1. Yeah I have a diesel, an LML Duramax. I have driven the 5.0 Cummins. It’s slower than an EcoDiesel, uses as much fuel as my Duramax and is just as expensive to produce. It’s also a damn heavy engine. Makes no sense in an SUV. Whatever you are smoking to believe it will improve fuel economy by 60%… More like by 1mpg if you’re lucky. But even then I highly doubt it. The 3.0 V6 Lion diesel would make way more sense. But I would like to see a hybrid option.

            1. I’m actually curious about the cost aspect- Nissan sells the diesel for right about 5 grand over the gas V8. I can’t imagine it somehow costs less to build (probably more, because of the lower build volume) and the trans is much like the one that FCA charges $2800 for. I think there’s a lot of potential there, but it will take some fine tuning- smaller, lighter, 8speed trans for starters.

            2. Do we know how much this is going to weight? The current expedition is like 5800 lbs for a 4×4 and 6100 lbs for a 4×4 EL. Thats base weight too. Thats a lot of vehicle for that 3.0 diesel to move and it certainly wont be towing any 9300 lb trailers without falling on its face.

            3. Jay, the 3L diesel will do just fine for pulling that kind of weight. Remember Expeditions aren’t towing regularly like a Super Duty does. Also keep in mind, most people aren’t doing Ike Gauntlet races. Ford had a 4.4L V8 version of the Lion diesels, but in Europe the 3.0L diesel hybrid seems to be a better choice in the Range Rover. I did a towing test with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel with 7,000 lbs (it’s on YouTube) and I thought it felt better than a gas V8. It’s just not going to scream at high rpm and win a race. The gassers will win the race up the hill, but they will be screaming in 2nd gear while doing it. The small diesel just does it at its own speed, but doesn’t sound or feel like it’s going to break doing it.

    1. It looks like Ford really upped its fullsize SUV game. They picked a great time to do it given that the big GM utes are plagued with so many problems. This may be in my garage sooner than later.

    2. I’d take an Armada or maybe a Tahoe. That’s only if I had to choose from this group of vehicles. I don’t care for the grill on the Ford or that it only comes with the ecoboost.

    3. Why does it come with chrome running boards if it’s supposed to be good at off roading!? No side steps, running boards, or whatever else car companies call them nowadays should be included on an off-road package vehicle or in an off-road package to begin with! It is so stupid.

      1. You know all versions of the Jeep Wrangler come with side steps right? The hardcore people remove them and replace them with stronger ones that double as rock sliders. But this is an SUV with added capability, not for extreme stuff.

        1. I haven’t kept up with all the latest versions of the wranglers,but last I knew it was only the sahara unlimited that came with side steps.

          1. The Chief unlimited,the smokey mountain unlimited,and the sahara unlimited come with side steps.I don’t know about the 2 door JK’s.My 08 JK sport didn’t have them.

      2. They are tucked up pretty high which is most important, as long as they are tight against the body they will most likely be fine for anything this truck would see. Anything more serious and they would look at other upgrades or another vehicle.

        1. Plus, with a truck like this that costs 50k+ to start, I would rather be dragging my running boards and knowing i am at my limit than ripping the bottom my doors off.

    4. Red the comments. They all seem postive.

      Yea I’m behind. Working all the time.

      Add all them skid plates under this big vehicle probably adds weight to the vehicle. Something nobody pointed out. I wonder what the weight difference is between the two. Something to speculate. Other than that will wait on the tests​ later on in the fall.

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