|2007 Ford Expeidtion
and Expedition EL
New Styling Inside and Out
February 16, 2006
Many customers demand the kind of capability for
hauling people and cargo that can only come from a full-size SUV. The
new 2007 Ford Expedition and all-new Expedition EL extended length
model deliver with a fresh design and best-ever capability and comfort
developed specifically for those core SUV customers.
Expeditionís new design, inspired by the Ford
F-Series truck, signals big improvements in capability and
functionality. And new levels of interior refinement, flexibility and
quietness change the game in Expeditionís favor among discriminating
full-size SUV customers.
Ford Expedition now comes in two sizes for 2007 regular and EL
(extended length) offering full-size SUV purchasers increased
choice. The EL adds 14.8 inches of additional
overall length, and a total of 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space
including 24 cubic feet more behind the third-row seat than the
standard Expedition. Expedition EL rides on a 131-inch
wheelbase 12 inches longer than the standard Expedition.
Expedition EL is unique from the B-pillar back
with its own floor pan, one-piece body side, running boards, rear
fascia, roof rack, rear quarter glass, one-piece headliner and quarter
panel trim. The second-row doors are also unique to improve the
entry and exit for both second and third row passengers.
offers five different wheel styles, ranging from 17 to 20 inches in
size, giving customers
more customizable options. The largest 20-inch chrome-clad, six-spoke
wheels wear generously-sized 275/55R20 all-season tires.
Expeditionís prominent grille serves as the
focal point for the raised powerdome hood. New dual-beam headlamps
feature the Ford-themed step-up design with the integrated side-marker
lights wrapping around into the front fenders.
Smooth sides and large wheel lips further define
Expeditionís stance and frame its large wheels and tires.
Inside, the 2007 Expedition delivers a new level of
seats have been redesigned from the floor up with improved contours,
larger bolsters, softer cushions and upgraded materials to provide
increased comfort on long trips. The new console-mounted gear
shifter has wood finish matching the steering wheel, door panels and
Each trim level features
a distinct look. The Expedition XLT uses a gray dashboard, embossed cloth seat inserts and warm steel trim. Two Eddie
Bauer options combine rich, warm-gray first- and second-row
leather-trimmed seats with a choice of camel or stone accents.
Expedition Limited is a statement in monochromatic rich gray or
charcoal black luxury. Available caramel-colored leather seat inserts
bring out the richness of the mahogany wood accents. Heated and cooled
front seats are available.
Limited interior shown in monochromatic
Charcoal Black with steel and real wood accents
Eddie Bauer interior shown with steel and
real wood accents
Expeditionís seating also is more capable. The
driverís seatís rearward track travel was increased by nearly an inch
to accommodate drivers from 4 feet, 11 inches up to 6 feet, 4 inches.
Expedition XLT features six-way power-adjustable front seats, with a
10-way-power driverís seat standard on all models with leather trim.
Expedition EL's flexible interior offers seating
for up to eight One-lever action, kneel-down, 40/20/40-split
second-row seats fold flat with the load floor to offer extra cargo
space and easy third-row access.
A sliding center section can be
moved forward up to 11 inches to give the front-seat passenger easy
access to a young child. The second row is available in this 40/20/40
bench configuration, or with two captainís chairs and a walk-through
center passage. The available 60/40-split third-row seats are designed
to accommodate passengers as tall as 6 feet, 2 inches.
Cargo Area with Second
Third Row Seats Folded
Rear Cargo Area
Capable of Handling
a Full Sheet of 4x8 Plywood
The seat folds flat into the load floor,
providing easily accessible cargo space without the inconvenience of
removing the rear seat. For the ultimate in
convenience, Expedition buyers can choose the optional power third-row seat that folds flat with the touch of a
button. For 2007, the power-folding rear seat features a faster and
more fluid folding action.
A new power liftgate is designed
with the lift mechanism moved off to the side and out of the driverís
rear view. A new climate control system utilizes a new scroll
compressor and larger air ducts and vents for improved airflow. This
increased capability will warm the cabin and defrost windows in
two-thirds the time of the previous modelís system.
Additional attention has been given to reduce noise
and vibration. Improved sound-deadening materials in the carpet and
headliner, increased insulation behind the dashboard and door panels,
thicker side glass and a specially engineered roof panel that doesnít
move as much help to reduce interior noise.
Bigger, softer body mounts and improved engine and transmission mounts
isolate the cabin from unwanted vibration. Wind
tunnel-tuned-and-tested outside mirrors further reduce wind and road
noise. Even Expeditionís tires have been specifically tuned to reduce
Completing the inside upgrades, the Expedition
offers a variety of electronics and entertainment. A DVD-based
navigation system covers the United States, including Alaska and
Hawaii, and is controlled by a 6.5-inch color touch screen, voice
activation and speaks the upcoming street names and intersections in
three languages. The available entertainment DVD system
features a large 8-inch flat-panel display. An available 340-watt AM/FM audio system is MP3
capable and features an in-dash six-CD changer with six premium
speakers, plus a subwoofer. Expedition comes standard with an audio
input jack with plug-and-play iPod capability. Expedition owners may
also choose factory-installed SIRIUS satellite radio.
Underneath the 2007 Expedition is even stronger and tougher
chassis than its predecessor. The new chassis has revised front geometry and increased box section thickness to provide
a 10 percent improvement in torsional rigidity and bending stiffness
over the previous model.
The new Expeditionís chassis features an all-new
front suspension, front frame section and modular front-end
construction for ease of assembly and improved quality. Fordís
patented porthole-through-frame design allows the drive shafts to feed
through the frame rails, lowering the center of gravity for better
ride and handling and maximizing passenger space in the third-row
The new independent rear suspension features a five-link design for better control of
fore/aft and lateral load forces. Monotube shocks on all four corners
allow for more precise tuning and a better ride. Expeditionís
second-generation IRS improves upon the segment-leading system
introduced in the 2003 Expedition.
Steering performance also has been improved on
the new Expedition. A new variable boost steering pump uses
lightweight aluminum components and reduces steering efforts by 15
percent for easy maneuverability at slow speeds while delivering a
firm, responsive feel at highway speeds.
Larger front and rear brake calipers and thicker
rotors improve durability and increase stopping capability. A new
dual-bore master cylinder gives a better brake pedal feel and more
control over the brake curve, increasing stopping confidence.
Expedition is powered by Fordís tough
truck-proven 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine. With single overhead cams, three
valves per cylinder and variable cam timing, the 5.4-liter engine
delivers 300 horsepower
and 365 foot-pounds of torque, and can tow up to 9,100 pounds. The
engine is controlled by a 6-speed automatic transmission with
manual shift capability, and its wide 6.04:1 gear ratio and two
overdrive gears deliver improved performance and fuel economy over the
4-speed it replaces.
AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) is
standard on both Expedition and Expedition EL. Fordís system utilizes a gyroscopic roll rate sensor to
accurately measure the vehicleís yaw and roll angles. If the roll rate
sensor detects a significant roll angle, the system applies additional
countermeasures such as applying brakes to one or more wheels or
reducing engine power to help the driver maintain control. The
system has 82 active patents and 197 pending
Today, the landscape of the utility vehicle
market in America is changing. Large traditional utility vehicle sales
have declined from a peak of more than 1 million units in 2003 to a
bit more than 800,000 in 2005. Ford anticipates the market of large
SUVs will continue to decline through the rest of the decade before
stabilizing at around 650,000 units. Given the shrinking market, Ford
is working hard to meet all customer demands.
The new 2007 Ford Expedition and Expedition EL
will be on sale of Fall of 2006. Pricing will be announced closer to
and subject to change)
5.4-liter 3-valve Triton V-8
300 hp @ 5,000 rpm
365 lbs.-ft. @ 3,750 rpm
Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
Wheelbase: 119.0 in. (EL 131.0 in.)
Height: 77.2 in. (EL 77.7 in.)
Length: 206.5 in. (EL 221.3 in.)
Max width: 78.8 in.
Brakes: Four-wheel power disc brakes with (ABS)
AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
Front: Double wishbone short- and long-arms
with coil-over, gas filled shocks
Rear: Multi-link independent
|WHEELS AND TIRES
265/70R17 All Season tires 17 inch painted aluminum wheels
265/70R17 All Terrain tires 17 inch machined aluminum wheels
265/70R17 All Season tires 17 inch aluminum wheels
255/70R18 All Season tires 18 inch machined aluminum wheels
255/70R18 All Season 18 inch machined aluminum wheels
275/55R20 All Season 20 inch chrome clad aluminum wheels
Seating Capacity: Up to 9
Curb weight (2WD): 5,578 lbs. (EL 5,928 lbs.)
Cargo volume behind front row: 108.2 cu. ft. (EL 130.8 cu. ft.)
Cargo volume behind second row: 54.9 cu. ft. (EL 85.5 cu. ft.)
Maximum payload: 1,800 lbs. (EL 1,700 lbs.)
Maximum towing capacity: 9,100 lbs.