03/01/2001 – 2001 Ford Expedition Meets Demands of Full-Size SUV Buyers


Source: Ford Motor Company.

2001 Ford Expedition Meets Demands of Full-Size SUV Buyers

For 2001, Ford Expedition continues its SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle)
leadership by combining exceptional towing and payload capabilities,
features like standard power adjustable pedals and seating for up to
nine – all in a vehicle that fits in a standard garage.


“With all its versatility, power, rugged good looks and go-anywhere
capability, Expedition truly places no limits on its owner’s
lifestyle,” says Tim Quesnel, Ford of Canada’s SUV brand manager.
“Expedition is the ultimate adventure SUV- true to the
‘built-Ford-tough’ heritage – providing a portal to enjoying the
true outdoors in safety, style and comfort.”


New for 2001
Expedition’s standard 4.6L SOHC V8 engine
pumps out extra power, thanks to a revised intake manifold, and a
new aluminum block has reduced the weight of the engine. A Class IV
Trailer Tow Package is now standard on the Eddie Bauer 4×4 model and
XLT.


The Eddie Bauer series now offers:

  • Standard HomeLink®
    universal transmitter
  • Available Rear-seat Entertainment System

  • Heated front seats
  • Skid plates


Changes to the XLT series include:

  • Standard skid plates

  • Comfort and Convenience Group now has power heated exterior
    signal mirrors and 16-inch cast aluminum wheels with all-terrain
    tires
  • The optional XLT Premium Sport Appearance Group now
    includes 17-inch 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels
  • New this year is
    the XLT No Boundaries Group, which includes: monochromatic all-black
    exterior, standard Dark Graphite sport woven cloth captain’s chairs
    (optional medium graphite leather), illuminated running boards,
    17-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels, fog lamps, chrome exterior mirrors
    and grille surround and bodyside mouldings with bright insert


Ready for Anything
Expedition has the power and
capability to take on the great outdoors with ease. Outstanding
towing and payload capacity, proven Triton V8 engines,
standard 4×4 drive train and a comprehensive list of performance and
handling features make Expedition perfect for adventurous,
ready-for-anything customers.


Expedition’s 4.6L SOHC Triton V8 engine, producing 235
horsepower at 4750 rpm and 290 lb.-ft. of torque at 3450 rpm, is
standard on XLT. The 5.4L SOHC Triton V8, standard on
the Eddie Bauer and optional on XLT, delivers 260 horsepower at 4500
rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque at 2500 rpm. The high torque at low
revs delivers excellent power when accelerating from a stop or when
towing.


It’s not just power that makes Expedition such an excellent towing
vehicle. The 5.4L V8 engine and standard Class IV Trailer Towing
Group enables Expedition to tow trailer loads up to 3,538 kg (7,800
lb.).


The available Four-corner Load-levelling Suspension System
automatically adjusts vehicle height at all four wheels to match the
load. The system also offers a kneel-down position that lowers the
step-in height about 2.5 cm (1 in.), making it easier to enter and
exit. In four-wheel drive low (4L) mode, the system automatically
raises the vehicle about 2.5 cm (1 in.) for better ground clearance.


Plenty of Room for “Roughing It” Comfortably
Expedition
gives customers plenty of space and flexibility. With the third-row
seat removed and second-row seat folded down, it provides 3,135
litres (110.7 cubic feet) of cargo space. Four cargo area tie-down
hooks are recessed below carpet level to secure cargo but remain out
of the way when not needed.


Standard power adjustable pedals – with their 7.6 cm (3 inches) fore
and aft adjustment – are a convenience feature for people who may be
smaller or taller in stature. Eddie Bauer models include a memory
feature for the driver’s seat, mirrors, and accelerator and brake
pedals that allows up to three drivers to pre-program their
preferred settings for these items.


Ford’s available Reverse Sensing System detects certain obstacles up
to 1.8 metres (six feet) from the rear of the vehicle, making
parking in tight places much easier. When the sensors detect an
obstacle, a beep sounds. As the obstacle gets closer, the beeps
increase in frequency, finally moving to a solid tone to warn the
driver the obstacle is very close.


A second-row 60/40 reclining split bench cloth seat folds flat for
added versatility and convenience. A third-row removable
fold/tip/stow bench seat provides added flexibility. Second-row
reclining captain’s chairs – with centre console – are available on
Eddie Bauer models.


Peace of Mind
Expedition offers optional front-seat
side-impact air bags for enhanced head and torso protection in a
side-impact collision. A Second-Generation Driver and Front
Passenger Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System provides added
protection in a frontal collision.


Expedition’s standard Remote Keyless Entry System has two handheld
transmitters and a programmable driver’s door keypad that lock and
unlock the vehicle without a key. The standard SecuriLock™ passive
anti-theft system means that only a key with the correct code can
start the vehicle. The system arms automatically when the key is
removed from the ignition and then disarms when the correctly coded
key is reinserted.


The Illuminated Entry System (standard on Eddie Bauer series) turns
on interior lights when the remote key fob button is activated,
maintaining the lights for 25 seconds, or until the ignition is
turned on.


Environmentally Responsible
Expedition is certified as a
Low Emission Vehicle (LEV), emitting approximately 50 per cent fewer
smog-forming hydrocarbon emissions than allowed by the U.S.
government.


It’s also 82.6 per cent recyclable by weight, thus reducing the
amount of waste sent to landfills at the end of its automotive life.
A variety of recycled materials are used to create components
throughout the vehicle, including plastic soft drink bottles and
caps, scrap tires, nylon carpet and cotton bale wrappers.


Ford Expedition Customers
Expedition customers are
typically active families looking for confidence and capability when
they venture off the beaten path. Expedition is a member of Ford’s
No Boundaries family, a comprehensive line-up of SUVs that also
includes Escape, Explorer, Explorer Sport, Explorer Sport Trac and
Excursion.


“A no-compromise, full-size SUV, Expedition is definitely for those
who don’t want to sacrifice comfort and style for utility and
rugged, off-road capabilities,” says Quesnel. “While it seats up to
nine and is powerful enough to haul heavy trailers, Expedition still
surprises – offering exceptional comfort features and dimensions
that enable it to fit into a standard garage.”


Expedition is manufactured at the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne,
Michigan.


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