Evolution of the Ford Expedition
First Generation (1997–2002)
The first iteration of the Ford Expedition was unveiled in 1996 for the 1997 model year. After the discontinuation of the infamous Ford Bronco, the Expedition filled the midsize SUV hole with an even bigger, full-sized SUV. The Expedition gave you the choice between the 4.6L and the 5.4L 2-valve V8 Ford Triton engines, with 215 and 230 horsepower respectively. A special Eddie Bauer edition of the Expedition also came with its initial release, including third-row seating, leather seating surfaces, heated side view mirrors, and dual-zone climate controls, along with Ford’s premium Mach audio system and a rear subwoofer.
Second Generation (2003–2006)
The next generation of the Ford Expedition introduced a new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS), making it the first full-size sports utility vehicle to feature an independent suspension. Initially, the IRS was met with some controversy upon its release due to a misconception regarding its reduced towing capacity and off-road capabilities, especially when compared to the first generation’s rear live axle. This was proven to be untrue, as the second generation Expedition’s towing capacity actually increased by 800 lbs. Additionally, you also had the option to upgrade to a new 24-valve version of the 5.4L engine.
Third Generation (2007–2017)
In 2007 the Expedition experienced one of its most notable cosmetic updates in recent memory, with a new front end featuring Ford’s signature “hollow-bar” grille that complements its close relation to the F-150 and Super Duty Ford trucks. Additionally, this generation also introduced the Expedition MAX model, which replaced the similarly-sized Ford Excursion, and supplied more cargo capacity, passenger seating, and towing power. The Expedition received some performance upgrades for its third generation as well, including a new 6-speed automatic transmission, and the advanced 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine technology which debuted in the 2017 model.
Fourth generation (2018–present)
The latest generation of the Ford Expedition sees some of the most advanced safety and convenience technology being added to the seasoned truck-based full-size SUV. For example, the fourth generation Expedition now allows you to add a 360-degree camera for a bird’s eye view of its surrounding area, as well as an active park assist system to help ensure safer parking in tight spaces. Meanwhile, the Expedition’s driving experience also receives a welcome upgrade with features like Wi-Fi connectivity through the SYNC Connect system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and an upgraded 400 horsepower under the hood.