2018 Expedition: Ford’s Most Powerful SUV Ever?

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2018 Ford Expedition

Leaked Power Numbers Reveal Extra-Potent EcoBoost for New Model

We’ve learned just about everything there is to know about the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition. Everything except power numbers, that is. We know that Ford’s full size SUV will receive a more potent version of the existing 3.5 liter EcoBoost. But how much more potent will it be? Now, we might just have the answer to that question after Motor 1 caught a potential leak.

The leak reportedly stems from Ford  Motor Company’s Canadian website, which briefly listed the 2018 Expedition’s power ratings before the post was  mysteriously removed. And those specs proved quite impressive: 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. If accurate, that’s a boost of 35 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque over the current 3.5 liter’s specs.

The leaked numbers possibly make the Expedition the most powerful SUV Ford has ever produced. And it would position the ‘ute way above the competition. Chevrolet’s Tahoe only manages 355 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque from its 5.3 liter V8, and the GMC Yukon produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque if you opt for the 6.2 liter V8.

 

The leaked numbers possibly make the Expedition the most powerful SUV Ford has ever produced.

 

Combine that with the 300-pound weight loss from the new aluminum body and you’ve got a real soccer-mom hot-rod. The news also bodes well for the 2018 Ford F-150, which could potentially enjoy the same boost in power. Like the Expedition, Ford hasn’t revealed power numbers for the new F-150’s engine lineup, only saying that they would be “more powerful” than before.

So far, Ford is playing coy with the leak. When asked about the numbers, Ford spokesperson Becky Sanch told Motor 1; “We don’t have approved figures yet. I can’t confirm those numbers.”

So for now, we’ll just have to wait for some sort of confirmation. Regardless, this particular leak appears to have some truth behind it.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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