5 reasons why the new Ford Expedition is the ideal road trip vehicle

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By Manny N. de los Reyes

WITH ITS formidable size, you won’t miss the all-new Ford Expedition on the road. Having debuted at the Manila International Auto Show last year, the new Expedition ups the ante among full-size SUVs with its commanding style, more powerful yet more fuel-efficient engine, and a host of luxury features.

The most newsworthy upgrades of Ford’s P4,479,000 behemoth include a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and innovative changes in its transmission, fuel consumption, chassis, body, and driver-assist technologies.

Here are five aspects that make the new Expedition the ideal ride for those long road trips with family and friends.

1. It’s the most powerful Expedition yet.

The new Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This powerful engine is mated to a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which offers quicker shift times along with a wide ratio span that optimizes gear spacing for greater responsiveness and fuel economy.

2. It’s more fuel-efficient.

The Expedition achieves greater fuel efficiency and vehicle tailpipe emissions during city driving through its Auto Start-Stop Technology. This programs the engine to switch off while keeping the air-conditioning, audio system, and exterior lighting functioning as the vehicle comes to a stop in traffic.

3. It sports a bolder and more distinctive look.

The all-new Expedition has been redesigned with a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and all-aluminum alloy body. It comes with a raised power dome hood, which adds to the muscular stance of the vehicle. At the rear, the Expedition features an accent trim indicating “Expedition,” followed by new LED taillamps.

4. It offers the most spacious and most comfortable cabin yet.

The new Expedition supports a spacious cabin with room for up to eight passengers and their gear, with power folding seats that allow second-row seats to tip and slide forward for easy third-row access. It also offers a bucket seat option.

5. It makes every drive more convenient.

Boosting convenience when driving the all-new Expedition is a collection of intuitive features, which include SYNC 3 with built-in navigation. It also has more options to charge devices with power outlets on every row. On the road, drivers can also use natural light for more scenic drives through its panoramic moonroof, which brightens the vehicle interior and gives passengers their own skylight.