2018 Expedition: Get Up Close at the Chicago Auto Show (Video)

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Take an Exclusive Look — Inside and Out — at the All-New 2018 Ford SUV Directly from the Showroom Floor in Chi-Town

Following the debut of the 2018 F-150; the announcement of the Bronco and Ranger; and the launch of the redesigned Mustang, Ford wrapped up the first month of 2017 by unveiling the all-new 2018 Expedition. Talk about a busy schedule!

Ford Truck Enthusiasts was present at the debut of the all-new Expedition in Dallas, Texas, in late January. Furthermore, we were on site at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show press preview, where Ford displayed the Expedition for the very first time since its official reveal. We were able to get up close and personal to the newest American three-row SUV, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We even fired up a Facebook Live feed to share all of its goodness with you. Plus, we’ve got you covered with an exclusive photo gallery, too.

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The 2018 Expedition is a very important player for Ford. You may recall a previous story in which we shared how the Blue Oval’s long-term product strategy somewhat backfired. When the economy crashed in late 2008 and gas prices surged, Ford placed all of its bets on fuel-efficient vehicles. Of course, this involved smaller, lightweight and turbocharged cars and trucks. Ford abandoned other projects and dove deep into aluminum construction and EcoBoost technology in order to remain viable. Thankfully, it worked, but it also kind of didn’t in one specific segment: the full-size SUV.

Once the economy recuperated and fuel prices hit rock-bottom, buyers flocked to GM for their full-size needs. SUVs like the Tahoe and Suburban lit up the sales charts and even funded redesigns and technology advancement. Meanwhile, the poor Expedition remained untouched since 2003.

Ford claims the entire behemoth is new for 2018. Also, it says it’s more capable, smarter and more adaptable than its predecessors. It’s managed to shed about 300 pounds thanks to aluminum-alloy body construction, and it features the excellent 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine featured in multiple Ford vehicles. Ford did not release specific performance specs, but it hinted at offering more than the current 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Ford Expedition

The Expedition returns this year to take the crown away from its bow-tie-wearing nemesis, and it employs clever technology to try and do so. To satisfy families, the Expedition offers new tech such as wi-fi hotspot, wireless charging, USB charging ports throughout, entertainment systems and the ability to recline second row seats even with a child seat attached. Enhanced rear legroom and more trunk space can be further maximized by opting for the Expedition MAX (the new name for the long-wheel-base Expedition pictured here in red).

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but with high-end ($60,000 to $80,000) Chevy, GMC and Cadillac SUVs selling like there’s no tomorrow, we have a feeling the Expedition’s upper trims will do just fine.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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