It was in the late 1990s when the Ford Expedition first showed up. Many years later the company comes up with a new model and characterizes it as the second generation of its biggest SUV. The Expedition’s redesigned version is long overdue, and it brings significant changes.

The 2018 Ford Expedition has swapped to an aluminum architecture for weight reduction.

Like its pickup sibling, the Ford F-150, the Expedition is to have aluminum body panels attached to a redesigned steel frame which results in being 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. What’s interesting here is the fact that the Expedition is bigger—the 2018 extended-wheelbase Expedition L is one inch longer than the previous model while the short-wheelbase version is 4 inches longer than before.

The company also added a lot of convenience and safety technology to the Expedition, including wireless device charging in the center console, an available Wi-Fi hotspot with a 50-foot range and Sync 3 and Sync Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. As standard come the 6xUSB ports, 4×12-volt power sources, and a 110-volt AC outlet, while a twelve-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is optional.

2018 Expedition has 40 new features and optional driver-assist technologies.

Maneuvering is now easier with parking sensors, a 360-degree camera and trailer backup assist. It also will offer adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, pre-collision warning with automatic braking, and blind-spot monitoring.

The Expedition retains Ford’s EcoBoost One Engine Fits All

The old twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 has been replaced with an updated, second-gen version equipped with port and direct fuel injection found in the 2017 F-150. There, it makes 375 HP at 5000 rpm, but no output has been confirmed for the new model yet.

2018 Ford Expedition on the road-photo07

The redesigned version uses the new 10-speed automatic also found in the F-150 instead of the outgoing truck’s six-speed automatic transmission. The drive mode offers Normal, Sport, Eco, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand, Tow/Haul, and Mud/Rut settings. The extended-wheelbase Expedition L and the 2018 model will be available in three trim levels: Platinum, Limited, and XLT. It goes on sale this fall while the price should be announced by the end of summer.