Ford has unveiled the 2018 Ford Expedition FX4 Off-Road package, which it describes as the “most off-road capable Expedition ever.” The FX4 off-road package adds off-road-tuned shocks, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, skid plates and side steps to the all-new 2018 Expedition.
“The FX4 Off-Road package delivers off-road driving confidence,” said Mike Kipley, Expedition vehicle engineering manager. “The technology we’re using works to adapt to different driving conditions so customers can enjoy the adventure without worry.”
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The new electronic limited-slip rear differential helps improve off-road performance in low-traction situations by automatically varying power output side-to-side, depending on which wheels need extra traction. Plus with its 3.73:1 gearing, the electronic limited-slip rear differential also improves towing performance. The off-road-tuned shocks are more stiffly tuned, while the all-terrain tires deliver the added traction you’ll need over rough terrain.
There are seven different skid plates, including a new sand shield to protect the turbocharger intercoolers from getting clogged when driving through tall berms in sand dunes, plus steel plates to protect steering gear, engine, transmission and transfer case and a full-length guard for the fuel tank.
Lastly the FX4 Off-Road package adds unique 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted wheels, chrome running boards and rubber floor liners that can be removed and cleaned.
The 2018 Expedition FX4 Off-Road package is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque that is mated to an all-new 10-speed transmission. It can tow up to 9,300 pounds.