The days of looking like a chump at the boat ramp are over.
Ford is working hard to make its aluminum-bodied 2018 Expedition sport-ute the machine of choice for families on the go. Among those steps is a tow rating of 9,300 pounds, which Ford says is best-in-class for full-size SUVs. Furthermore, the forthcoming Expedition will offer a new feature called Pro Trailer Backup Assist to help rookie tow jockeys look like seasoned pros.
To use the feature, drivers simply turn a knob to indicate how much the trailer should turn. The Expedition then turns the front wheels accordingly to precisely maneuver the trailer into position, and to make sure things go smoothly, vehicle speed is also limited when the system is engaged. Ford says the system can reduce the time it takes to back up a trailer, while also aiding “driver confidence.” We assume that latter bit is similar to what would-be pro racers experience when they engage track mode in a high-power supercar.
There’s no denying that reversing a trailer can be a bit tricky, and while veteran haulers will likely find the Pro Trailer Backup Assist to be something of a gimmick, we have no doubts it will find fans in the real world. Something everyone will appreciate is the Expedition’s 9,300-pound towing capacity, which is enough to haul two F-150 single cab two-wheel drive pickup trucks.
Ford is still being coy on exactly how much power the Expedition’s EcoBoost V6 will make to achieve such a tow rating, but earlier this year we spied 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque listed on Ford of Canada’s Expedition website. The manufacturer wouldn’t confirm those numbers, and they’ve since been removed from the site. If accurate, that would give the Expedition more torque than the 6.2-liter V8 in the GMC Yukon.
The 2018 Ford Expedition is expected to arrive in dealerships this fall.
Gallery: 2018 Ford Expedition
All-New Ford Expedition Makes Towing and Backing Up
Trailers Easier Than Ever
• All-new Ford Expedition features class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ that makes
it easier for drivers of all skill levels to back up a trailer like a pro; launching a boat or
parking a trailer in the driveway is now as easy as turning a knob
• Got a big boat for a big family? Expedition has best-in-class towing capability of 9,300
pounds – enabling easy and efficient family adventures from boating to four-wheeling
• Best-in-class towing and Pro Trailer Backup Assist showcase how Ford is changing the
way the world moves – delivering smart solutions that improve the customer experience
and provide more time for families to enjoy summer
DEARBORN, Mich., May 24, 2017 – If you’re launching a boat or towing a large load, the allnew
Ford Expedition featuring class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ makes it easier than
ever to perform such tasks with confidence.
More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or
monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up
a trailer as easy as turning a knob.
In addition, Expedition boasts best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds, based on the
Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard, more than any other full-size SUV, making it
the smartest, most capable and adaptable Expedition ever.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist helps take the frustration out of backing up with a trailer. It works by
letting the customer steer the trailer with a control knob while the Expedition steers its wheels
and limits vehicle speed.
To operate Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the driver rotates a knob to indicate how much the system
should turn the trailer, then the technology automatically steers the Expedition to turn the trailer
the desired amount. The system can limit vehicle speed to enhance occupant comfort over
various road surfaces. The result is less time required to back up a trailer along with added
driver confidence; the technology can even help towing experts by reducing time lost to
“Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition
provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for the trip,” said Craig
Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds
and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than
struggling to back up and launch your boat.”
In addition, Expedition brings available new connectivity technologies and convenience
• Wireless charging Expedition is Ford’s first vehicle to feature wireless charging, which
allows customers to place compatible mobile devices on an integrated charging pad
conveniently located in the front center console
• Wi-Fi hotspot supports as many as 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away from the vehicle
• Dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system provides a next-generation video
experience with Sling Media that allows passengers to view their home cable programming
on either of two video screens or hand-held devices
• SYNC® 3, with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability, allows drivers to stay
connected on the move
• SYNC Connect lets owners connect with the vehicle remotely using FordPass®; owners can
start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle from anywhere, while also accessing important
vehicle diagnostic information
• Power for passengers in every row, with four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a
110-volt power outlet that lets all occupants stay charged and connected
• Available 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system perfected by acoustic engineers
for a sound experience even audiophiles will appreciate
• Advanced cargo manager with an adjustable shelf behind the third row lets owners create
a storage space customized to whatever they’re hauling; even when parked on a hill, cargo
manager ensures cargo won’t roll out the back of Expedition when the liftgate is opened
• Available Panoramic Vista Roof spans two rows, a feature not offered by any competitor