Ford Expedition Alpha is a Blacked-Out Badass

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Expedition dealer special looks ready for government service or off-road action.

The new Ford Expedition is a handsome rig. Although it has a lot of Ford F-150 DNA in it, it doesn’t completely ape its truck cousin’s styling. It has its own visual identity. As Prime Autotainment‘s Nolan Merrill shows in the video above, there’s at least one dealer out there who is willing to make the Expedition even more distinctive.

A Texas dealer took a black, regular-wheelbase 2018 Expedition XLT and created what it calls the Expedition Alpha. As you would expect, they lifted it, adding three inches of ground clearance. To add to the custom look, the dealer threw on a set of black 20-inch wheels wrapped in Toyo Open Country tires, which give the Expedition an even more aggressive look. They added more darkness up front by blacking out the Ford blue oval, but tempered that with an LED light bar in the bumper and another LED light bar that’s part of a substantial cargo rack on the roof. Ford Expedition Alpha

The interior is stock Expedition in – you guessed it – black. That’s not a bad thing, though. The touch points are pleasantly soft and there’s plenty of room for storing gear and drinks in all three rows. Despite being based on the Expedition’s base trim level, the Alpha still has navigation and heated and ventilated front seats as well as power seat controls to make loading large cargo – up to 105 cubic feet of it – a breeze. Four-zone climate control is there to keep everyone comfortable.

Under its hood, the Expedition Alpha features the stock Expedition powertrain of a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Even with the lift and big tires, the Alpha is able to get up to serious speeds in a hurry.

No word on how many owners the Expedition Alpha has found so far, but if regular consumers don’t end up liking it, it would be perfect as a shuttle vehicle for a ski resort or in a motorcade in a futuristic political thriller movie.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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