By on June 15, 2017

2018 ford expedition fx4, Image: Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company has announced a series of engine and transmission upgrades for the facelifted 2018 F-150 and redesigned 2018 Expedition, all designed to provide a boost in both power and fuel economy. For the Expedition, the upgrades also include an off-road package available as soon as 2018 models begin rolling off assembly lines this fall.

Starting with America’s perpetual best-seller, the F-150, Ford’s powertrain improvements include the addition of dual injection to several engines, expanded implementation of the 10-speed automatic, and a new motor for base trim trucks. While Ford hasn’t released fuel economy estimates, it promises there will be improvements across the range. It was, however, willing to divulge enhanced horsepower and torque specs for all light truck engines, minus the Raptor’s.

I2018 ford F-150, mage: Ford Motor Co.

A new 3.3-liter V6 will replace the outgoing 3.5-liter as the base F-150 engine. Due to the aforementioned direct and port injection, it produces 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. That amounts to an increase of 8 ponies and 12 lb-ft, respectively. Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost now produces 400 lb-ft of torque, also thanks to the addition of dual injection. Horsepower on the twin-turbocharged V6 remains unchanged at 325, but the new torque figure represents a 25 ft-lb increase. It’s also now available with the 10-speed automatic.

Not interested in modest-sized V6s making an impressive amount of torque? Ford hasn’t abandoned you. The 5.0-liter V8 remains available, worked over with the same direct and port injection as the base engine. This has boosted horsepower by 10 to 395 peak units and torque by 13 for a nice round 400 lb-ft. It will also be offered with the 10-speed.

If you can hold out until next year, there will also be a fresh new 3.0-liter turbo diesel available. Details remain TBA. All the upcoming powertrains will come with stop/start technology as standard.

2018 ford F-150, Image: Ford Motor Co.

Not to be outdone, the next-generation 2018 Expedition has also spent some additional time under the wrench. Besides the standard stop/start tech and ubiquitous 10-speed, it receives some sizable gains in muscle and a dirt-focused FX4 package for the XLT trim level.

The SUV’s standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 now produces 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque — up from 365 and 420. There is also a high output variant for the Expedition Platinum, producing 400 hp and 480 foot-pounds, but you have to fill its tank with 93-octane.

As for the Expedition FX4, the Blue Oval is providing skid plates, upgraded shocks, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and grabby off-road tires for its 18-inch alloy wheels. It also comes with Ford’s Terrain Management System, which is also available on other trims and the F-Series, if you’re the type who likes endlessly tweaking your terrain and throttle settings.

Both the 2018 Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition are scheduled to arrive at dealerships in the fall.


2018 ford expedition fx4, Image: Ford Motor Co.

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48 Comments on “Moar Powah: Engine Upgrades Coming to 2018 Ford Expedition and F-150...”


  • avatar

    Amazing how from the cowl back, the Expedition looks like its GM competitors…

  • avatar
    thalter

    Is anyone going to seriously take an Expedition off road?

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Not likely.

      An AWD Expedition is most suitable.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Didn’t Illinois just let word out, that they will stop all roadwork at the end of June, due to lack of funds and no budget? America’s roads are increasingly getting to the point of needing an “FX4 package” just to get around town. Maybe those Brotruckers with their 6 inch lifts for going to Walmart, were just ahead of their time! Scary thought, I know…..

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Driving across I-86E East of Erie, my 4Runner’s beefy 265/70R16 tires and durable suspension were very much in play. The winter/trucks tore up the roads bad enough the local DOT simply put up signs “rough road next 11 miles.” In the course of that space, I saw 5 newer sedans pulled over with popped tires, all had lower profile/larger wheel packages. My wife’s Camry fell victim earlier this summer after rains washed all the spring-time patches off of the potholes near downtown Indy. She’s got 215/55R17 on her car, not exactly low profile, but I can guarantee my 4Runner (especially now with knobby all terrain tires with reinforced plys) would have been fine.

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        Maybe in Illinois the roads are getting bad, but not here in Texas. They’re collecting more and more taxes up there, but who knows where it’s going. The politicians’ pockets, I imagine.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Illinois is indeed a mess, but keep in mind they have to deal with winter up there, which is hell on roads (and the taxpayers).

          But never fear, my home state (Missouri) is going to go a completely different way, and initiate a Kansas-style tax revolution. Look how well that worked out for the Jayhawkers!

    • 0 avatar
      wellsit

      I had an 08 Expedition EL that I towed with and would take offroad in the sand. I loved the rig but hated all the electronic nannies. The traction control would kick in and made it very difficult at times.

  • avatar
    brn

    Nice to see a NA V6. I hope we see more of it, in other vehicles.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Wow I actually kinda like the expedition, too bad about the engine though.

    • 0 avatar
      SD 328I

      I am extremely happy with the 2.7L TT in the F150, this is coming from someone who had a Silverado with a 6.2L V8 before.

      I can only imagine how much more impressive that all new 3.5L will be.

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        The new 3.5L is the same one that’s already in the 2017 trucks. Don’t test drive one.

        You won’t be as extremely happy with the 2.7 that you already have.

        • 0 avatar
          SD 328I

          I’ve decided I need a crewcab with a 6.5ft bed, I’ll wait until the end of 2018 and get a leftover model, this time with the 3.5L :)

          Though my 2.7L F150 does 0-60 in less than 6 seconds, I’m pretty happy with it.

          • 0 avatar
            tnk479

            For 995$ the 2.7-liter turbo V-6 like a lot more motor. I’m surprised people go with the NA V-6.

          • 0 avatar
            stuki

            The NA is lots lighter, right where an already lopsoded pickup needs it the most. It’s power delivery is also much more linear. A Reg Cab/6.5 with the 3.5/3.3, is by far the woods truck of the F150 linep.

  • avatar
    ajla

    “Not interested in modest-sized V6s making an impressive amount of torque? Ford hasn’t abandoned you.”*

    * Unless you want something that isn’t a pickup or Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      About that V6 Mustang….

      https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/11/qotd-will-miss-v6-mustang/

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      ajla,
      Ford has the same problem in Australia.

      Our markets are geared towards larger vehicle ownersip.

      The US will feel the large vehicle crunch more than us. We tend to have slightly smaller vehicles.

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    *”Moar Powah”*

    Cue Manowar “The Power”?

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    Expedition. How about 6.2L option? Maybe in the Navigator. Is it too much to ask. Sure they will be a gas guzzler tax, but so what!

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    The 5.0L is still the engine to get. The others are simply inferior. Why get a V6 that gets V8 mileage?

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Nice to see it still available. I’m not a truck guy but if/when the V8 option disappears from the truck line the V8’s day are numbered in the Mustang GT at the very least.

    • 0 avatar
      tnk479

      Better than the turbo’s because it is less complicated? Which engines offer better power to weight?

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      I have a fair amount of wheeltime with all of the current F150s, and unless you need the 5.0 or 3.5, the 2.7 is by far the most rewarding engine to drive. If I could have a manual then yes, double yess, heeeelllll yyyeeessss!! the 5.0. But the current F150 auto (not sure about the 10 speed) is just so much better programmed for responsiveness in light loaded driving in the 2.7, than in the bigger ones. It’s the FiST of the F150s.

    • 0 avatar
      SD 328I

      Not sure about that, the 3.5L cost more than the 5.0L and is placed on top of the F150 motor range and they sell more F150s equipped with than the 5.0L.

      Also, the turbos sixes get the same mileage as the V8 when towing or on boost (also has more torque), but if you take it easy, the mileage is a lot higher.

      On my commute, and can sometimes get 25 mpg, hard to do that with the 5.0L.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      I’d get the 5.0L because it sounds the best (which I’ve learned in the last few years is *VERY* important to me). So full stop right there.

      With my driving style, I doubt I’d get more than 1 MPG better with the EBs. Even then, I don’t drive enough miles in a year to care even if the difference was greater.

      I don’t expect I’d ever tow more than 5000 pounds with it, and it would be hauling air in the bed 97% of the time (which is why I wish Ford would make a V8 *car* larger than a Mustang).

      There’s just nothing the turbo V6s bring to the table for me. … Maybe resale?

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I really hope that they eventually announce a 5.0 L V8 option for the Raptor in addition to/instead of the 3.5 TT EB….that’s the only thing preventing me from trading in my ’12 for a new one.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Ihatecars,
      I don’t foresee V8s hanging around for a long time. Even prestige brands are dropping cylinders.

      The EcoSieze engine are more than adequate for the easy US conditions they encounter.

      I’m learning quite a lot lately about the EcoThirst engines fitted to US pickups and SUVs. As I pointed out they are mainly suited to the easier vehicle life offered in the US.

      They have great power and torque qualities with an auto (not to sure how they will perform down low with a manual).

      There biggest drawback (US conditions) is just keeping with traffic they are heavy on fuel.

      If I lived in hot conditions I would only have the V8 or na V6. The diesel should be the choice engine in the F150. It might make it attractive enough to own, even with the cheapass plastic interior.

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        I got Hell for getting the 5.4L in my 2010 F-150. “Wait for the twin-turbo!”, they said. That lasted all of two years, after guys tried towing their trailers over the Rocky Mountains to the Okanagan. That little engine is great in that body if used as a commuter, as most trucks around here are used. Use it as an actual truck, however, and the realization of how it gets those fantastic numbers becomes stark: 7 MPG is what a friend saw towing his holiday trailer. My ole’ 5.4 doesn’t even notice my 1984 Doral motorboat on a trailer behind us.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          Tele Vision (????)
          I haven’t heard of 7mpg.

          What I’m seeing is slower urban driving (0-35mph) the FE is really bad.

          Also more open urban driving and keeping with the traffic the EB is only as good as the crew cab Hemi 4×4 Ram I had earlier this year in FE.

          On the highway at 75mph its as bad as a V8.

          To gain the small engine FE advantage you hear from the Ford fans you need to drive quite slowly and very light on the throttle.

          You’d be better off buying a na V6 and save some cash.

  • avatar
    deanst

    It’s an odd regulatory world where 6 cylinder mid size sedans are disappearing, while today’s station wagon gets 400 hp and 480 torques.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    The power and torque figures look impressive.

    Now all they need to do is get the poor real life FE to a figure worth bragging about. The EPA figures are nothing like reality.

    The Expedition and F150 need better cooling in hot conditions. The EcoSieze engines where I’m currently working are unsuitable.

    I suppose there is a reason the locals prefer the Nissans and Toyota 4x4s.

    Oh, again the F150 comment by the author is incorrect. The F Series! Not F150 is the best selling vehicle in the US.

    Actually GMs fullsize SUVs and pickups far outsell the Fords. If you are going to use a “family” of vehicles then GM trucks are the US best sellers.

    I find it odd how US manufacturers can lump together so many classes of vehicles and present the data. Misinformation?

    • 0 avatar
      SD 328I

      You are so wrong about that.

      The combined sales of the F150 and Superduties are currently outselling all the GM brand trucks combined (Silverado, Sierra, Both Heavy Duties and both Colorado and Canyon)!

      Let me repeat, with only 2 lines of trucks, Ford is beating all 6 lines of GM trucks combined!

      You failed to mention that GM does the same thing, they combine the sales of the heavy duty trucks with their sales figures as well.

      Also, I think there is only been a few instances in the last few decades when the combined sales of the Silverado/Sierra (both 1500 and Heavy Duties) have surpassed the sales of the F-Series (F150 and Superduties/HD).

      In fact, it’s getting so bad for GM that the Ram has actually surpassed the sales of the Silverado for the 3rd month in a row!
      No wonder the next Silverado will make heavy use of Aluminum and turbo engines.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “Actually GMs fullsize SUVs and pickups far outsell the Fords.”

        I think he is counting the SUV volume in there as well.

        • 0 avatar
          SD 328I

          Hmmmm, total truck/suv/crossover sales in 2016, GM did slightly outsell Ford, definitely not “Far Outsell”.

          For 2017 however, Ford is outselling GM.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        SD,
        I’m counting Tahoes, Suburbans, all HDs, 1/2 ton, etc. They are all from the same family.

        I do believe pickup numbers should be broken down.

        • 0 avatar
          SD 328I

          If your only counting their large scale vehicles, 1/2 ton and up both trucks and SUVs, then I think Ford has them beat in total sales so far this year, though maybe not last year.

          I agree about breaking down the numbers between full-size and heavy duty, but neither Ford or GM breaks them down.

          All the numbers you see for end of year comparison lumps their fullsize and heavy duties into a single sales figure.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    I’d like to see Ford put that 3.0 Diesel in the Expedition.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      I’m not saying it is going to happen, because the Expedition/Navigator hasn’t had more than one engine choice during it’s entire existence, but Ford does tend to update engines after initial launch.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        “because the Expedition/Navigator hasn’t had more than one engine choice during it’s entire existence,”

        Ahem, first gen Expys could be had with either a 4.6L OR 5.4L Mod motor!

        I actually keep eyeballing clean first gen Eddie Bauer (two tone white over sand please!) 5.4L Expeditions. Most have really gone through the BHPH wringer, but the remaining clean single-suburb owner cars look quite fetching these days. Sturdy construction with a solid rear axle, oodles of ground clearance, highway comfort. Perfect for my long hauls followed by beach driving in the Outer Banks, and much cheaper than a clean gen 1 Sequoia that I also covet.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al From 'Murica

          First gen rigs are pretty stout. Much closer to a 4 door Bronco in spirit than the models that followed. I like that generation too but I’d really like a clean Eddie bauer F150 crew cab from that generation.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    I’m really digging those meaty sidewalls. The biggest issue the GM SUV’s have is the higher up you go in price the worse the ride quality gets as the wheels get bigger.

  • avatar
    86er

    With all the FCA and VW hub-bub, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that Ford diesel.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    Give me the HO 3.5 from the Raptor in a blacked out regular cab with the AWD from the Limited and Lightning badges. When it is time for my Crew Cab 2.7 to get replaced my kids will be grown and I can own a regular cab again.

  • avatar
    Mme Stevenson

    In Colorado, no chance I’d not have V8. Altitude… not into doing 45 over Vail Pass dudes.

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