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2015 Ford Expedition: First look

Wed, 19 Feb 2014

Meet the 2015 Ford Expedition, unveiled today at the Dallas auto show. Besides the freshened look, the big news is that Ford's full-size SUV now comes only with the F Series' 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine like its recently announced Lincoln Navigator sibling. At about 370 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque, the twin-turbo V6 delivers more power than Ford's ancient 5.4-liter V8 (310 hp, 365 lb ft). The truck has a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

There are two lengths: The standard 119-inch wheelbase is a little over 6 inches longer than the Explorer and has three-rows and up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The longer-wheelbase version sits on a 131-inch wheelbase, also has three rows of seats and up to 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

The interior of the new 2015 Ford Expedition.

The Expedition Platinum is also new for 2015 with unique interior appointments, the latest SYNC with MyFord Touch, push-button start and a blind spot information system.

The new Expedition is the first Ford with continuously controlled damping, with comfort, normal and sport modes. Sensors detect 46 body, steering and braking inputs, monitor body motions and then adjust the suspension in milliseconds, Ford says.

The interior has a new center stack with an 8-inch touchscreen for SYNC/MyFord Touch. The truck also has a 10-speaker, 700-watt Sony audio system and a rearview camera (thank goodness).

The 2015 Ford Expedition gets an Ecoboost 3.5-liter V6 as its only engine option.

The updated exterior includes a new front end with available LED fog lamps, a redesigned rear hatch, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes and optional 22-inch wheels.

There are now XLT, Limited and Platinum trim packages. A King Ranch version comes “later,” Ford says. Platinum models get new seats with tuxedo-stripe accents and French-seamed stitching. Platinum customers can also get black leather with gray accents.

Prices weren't announced, but a 2014 Expedition sets you back $41,635 to start, so expect the new one to be around the same, with the Platinum well into the $50s.

By Wes Raynal