EcoBoost To Power Large 2015 Ford Expedition

Ford announced the new 2015 Ford Expedition will be powered by the Ford F-Series’ 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, more technology than ever and a fresh new look.

Launching later this year, Ford added the Expedition is the latest nameplate to offer a Platinum series trim level.

The new Expedition is being shown for the first time in Texas, Ford’s largest market by sales volume, and home to the top two cities for Expedition sales: Dallas and Houston.

The Expedition debuted in 1996 and Ford explained it is its largest utility vehicle, accommodating eight passengers. Two versions are offered – the standard 119-inch wheelbase is about 6 inches longer than the Ford Explorer. It has three rows of seats and up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The longer-wheelbase version, the EL, sits on a 131-inch wheelbase, and features three rows of seats and up to 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

Ford added the Expedition remains the only full-size utility vehicle not classified as a luxury offering to feature an independent rear suspension. This helps deliver more confident ride and handling characteristics, and allows for the lower, more convenient fold-flat third-row bench seat.

Changing powerplants under the hood, the new 3.5-liter, direct-injected twin-turbocharged EcoBoost delivers more power and performance than the current 5.4-liter V8, and is designed to be more efficient, said Ford.

“This new Expedition is proof Ford is committed to remaining the leader in utilities – small, medium and large,” said Jackie DiMarco, Expedition chief engineer. “We listened to our customers and created a full-size utility vehicle that doesn’t compromise in performance, technology or design.”

Ford added the 3.5-liter EcoBoost will be the only engine offered in the new Expedition in North America. To maximize performance and control, the vehicle is equipped with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission featuring a manual mode that allows the driver to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to select the desired gear.

This completes the rounds for the EcoBoost engines as with the EcoBoost being now standard equipment across the 2015 Expedition range, the entire U.S. lineup of Ford utility vehicles will be available with EcoBoost power by the end of 2014.

Ford did not yet revealed fuel consumption estimates for the 2015 version of this SUV.