Ford reveals new aluminum-sided Expedition SUV

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.’s biggest SUV is dropping some weight.


Ford says the 2018 Expedition is 300 pounds lighter than the current model, thanks to a new aluminum body and high-strength steel frame.

It’s the second Ford vehicle to get the aluminum treatment, after the F-Series pickup.

But it’s not the first aluminum SUV on the market. Land Rover debuted one in 2012.

The new eight-seat Expedition is slightly longer, with a mesh grille and a sleeker design. Ford says its new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine and 10-speed transmission will improve towing capacity.

New options include automatic parallel parking, a 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic. It has a Wi-Fi hot spot that supports up to 10 devices at once, up to 50 feet away.

The all-new Expedition is available in XLT, Limited and Platinum series. Also, an XL version is available for fleet customers, from law enforcement to emergency services. All series are available on the extended-length Expedition MAX.

The Expedition goes on sale this fall. Pricing hasn’t been released. It will be built in Kentucky.