Ford Upgrades Expedition Limited Off-Road Ability By Offering FX4 Package
Ford has some interesting statistics about the Expedition. For example, the automaker knows that nearly 20 percent of Expedition owners take their SUVs off-road. Of those who do take their Expeditions off-road, 45 percent use actively use them for more than off-roading.
Expeditions Used For Surprising Purposes
The statistics show that owners use Expeditions for:
The statistics were compiled by MaritzCX market research for the Ford Motor Co.
Because one in five Ford Expedition owners use their SUVs in an active off-road lifestyle, Ford has added toe FX4 off-road package as an option on the 2020 Ford Expedition Limited. The FX4 equipment includes off-road-tuned shocks, an all-new electronic limited-slip rear differential, skid plates, side-steps, and FX4 badging.
Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Meets Growing Trend
Devin McParlane, Ford Expedition consumer marketing manager, said that there is “a growing trend in people looking to enjoy rugged terrain” without giving up “refinement, comfort, or convenience” while getting there.
The Expedition Limited FX4 package adds off-road ruggedness and capability to Ford’s seven-passenger SUV. Also, the standard-wheelbase Expedition Limited offers best-in-class towing as it can tow up to 9,400 pounds.
The FX4 package includes 32-inch all-terrain tires on 18-inch metallic gray-painted cast-aluminum wheels and premium shocks. There are seven underbody skid plates, including a new sand shield to protect turbocharger intercoolers, steel plates to protect steering gear, engine, transmission, and transfer case, and a full-length guard for the fuel tank. There is a shorter chin spoiler under the front bumper for better approach angles while climbing over steep obstacles. And, adding to off-road protection, chrome-plated running boards have angular step bars that also better passenger convenience.
Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Features Performance Assistants
A 375-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® (turbocharged) engine powers the Expedition Limited FX4. The engine mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed electronically-controlled four-wheel-drive transfer case with neutral towing capability. A 3.73:1 electronic limited-slip differential and heavy-duty radiator help off-road capability. An advanced Terrain Management System™ gives the Expedition FX4 still more off-road prowess. The system automatically balances optimal power transfer and engine control, so drivers have greater confidence off-road.
The Expedition Limited FX4 offers a broad range of technology plus upscale appointments to round out the package. The technology features a 360-degree camera system with a split-view capability that gives the driver and passengers a better view of the surrounding terrain. Also, the 2020 standard Expedition gets the standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ that features a host of driver-assist technologies, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping System, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and a rearview camera. Speaking of truck-technology, the 2020 Ford Ranger has some interesting technology that allows it to follow "breadcrumbs" home.
Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Offers Backup Assist
Meanwhile, the Limited goes further not only includes all of the features found on the standard model plus Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist featuring Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, voice-activated touch screen navigation, and optional Enhanced Active Park Assist. If a driver trailers or tows a boat, the Expedition Limited offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist™. The trailering backup product takes the stress off lining up a trailer or boat to make maneuvering easier.
And, the Expedition Limited FX4 offers premium leather-trimmed seating and wood accents while durable rubber liners cover the front and rear floors. Also, the interior includes exclusive FX4 badging. The same badging is on the liftgate and front fenders.
The standard Expedition and extended-length Expedition MAX can be equipped with the 2020 Expedition Limited FX4 package.
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Marc Stern has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as Fixya.com and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.