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Car Reviews | Ford / 11-20-18

2018 Ford Expedition Max Platinum 4×4

The Return of the Mammoth King


By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

 

The all-new 4thgeneration Ford Expedition is truly quite a sparkling behemoth to behold. Its131.6-inch wheelbase is only .6 inches longer than its EL predecessor, which it also stretched a bit longer by 1.1 inches, but feels so much bigger inside and out. Perhaps these proportions combined with the extra 1.7-inch taller ceiling all collectively contribute to a significantly more proportionally balanced full-size SUV. The second row, for example, has actually almost two more inches of legroom compared to before as a result of the interior redesign. However, there are several figures that have changed with the Expedition Max (the Max moniker replaces the EL label for the long-wheelbase models), aside from dimensions. One is a little bad while all the others are great. The size of the fuel tank is now 19.7 liters (5.2-gallons) smaller than before,which is a pity since the fuel efficiency has actually improved by a combined 2 mpg. The lost fuel capacity would have really helped stretch the range that could have been as good as 1,130 kilometers on a single full tank instead of the best-effort 950 kilometers that it could achieve now.

The other figure is the weight loss to the tune of over 300 pounds, depending on equipment packaging, thanks to all the generous use of aluminum and higher-grade steel. Now factor in that the carried-over twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine has been reengineered to produce 35 bhp more power and 60 lb-ft more of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, up from the old 6-speed, then you can do the math and instantly appreciate the positive performance results! To think that the same engine and drivetrain lifted from the ripping F-Series Raptor was simply detuned for the new Expedition’s duty but was used in its entire full glory in the more expensive and lavish new Lincoln Navigator which we also tested and will be revealed in a near future C! issue.

The Expedition Max uses a completely new hydroformed T3 platform with a new four-wheel independent suspension system as well. It is also one of the very first vehicles in North America to use the Controller Area Network 3 (CAN-3) electrical architecture (vehicle data bus system) to effectively manage all the new on-board microprocessors and electronic vehicle control systems.

Our test unit came completely fully loaded with second-row captain’s chairs which is an additional P100,000.00 option for our Philippine market. If you get the lower XLT model in North America, you lose a lot of luxury equipment along with 25 bhp and 10 lb-ft less power. Some key new features are the exemplary Bang & Olufsen audio system with Sync3 infotainment, essential 360-degree camera with park assist, dual vista panoramic sunroof, onboard Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, heaps of every kind of relevant power outlets, a full suite of driver aids, abundant and handsome high-quality leather for the seats and panels, more soft interior materials than ever before, and finally proper modern full-LED headlights, fog lamps, and everywhere else!

With all these new great features I was astonished though that the Expedition Max wallowed and felt even larger that it is on the road, even feeling too detached from the vehicle despite so much attention given to interactivity and integration with the driver. There is a new electronic locking rear differential, an adaption of the F-Series Raptor’s Terrain Management System with 7 drive modes and 3 direct drive modes, so you have all the tools at your disposal to manage the hulking beast. So, despite that complaint, I still think that the opulent and ultra-comfortable Ford Expedition is the very best overall performing and largest capacity people mover in the market.

 

Specifications

Engine

EngineV6
Displacement3496 cc
Cylinder Headdohc 24V
Fuel InjectorDirect Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Ti-VCT,
Max Power (bhp @ rpm)400 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)480 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
Transmission10-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed184 km/h (115 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph6.2 seconds

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l)16 mpg City / 21 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP)US$ 83,585.00 (PhP 4,358,000.00 in Philippine-spec)
What's GreatThe leviathan of space and versatility, most spacious and most luxurious all-terrain vehicle in our market, most bang for buck
What's Not SoOutright size can be a challenge maneuvering in urban areas
C! Editors Rating10/10