Like the 2015 F-150, the next-generation 2018 Ford Expedition will have an aluminum body-in-white and panels over a “redesigned high-strength steel frame,” Ford announced Tuesday.
The full-size SUV weighs 300 pounds less than the existing Expedition, which sold 59,835 units last year — up 44.4 percent.
“In addition, an all-new high-strength, aluminum-alloy body and redesigned high-strength steel frame form the foundation for Expedition’s rugged off-road and strong towing capabilities,” Ford wrote in a news release. “Thanks to the use of advanced materials, the all-new Expedition saves up to 300 pounds, and the team reinvested that weight savings everywhere it counts to give customers more technology and convenience features than ever before.”
Few other details were provided about the Expedition or its metallurgy — though thankfully, Ford does not refer to anything as “military-grade” this time. Ford SUV spokeswoman Becky Sanch wrote in an email that the OEM wasn’t yet sharing more information about the high-strength steel it used, such as how much of it was ultra-high-strength steel above 780 megapascals.
For shops deciding whether to take the plunge into aluminum, it’s hard to ignore the prospect of possibly 60,000 aluminum Expeditions joining nearly 821,000 aluminum F-Series trucks every year — not to mention whatever else down the road Ford and its rivals opt to make in part or completely out of the metal. (Even in instances where just a hood or bumper beam is aluminum, you’ll likely still need dedicated equipment or risk corrosion from aluminum-steel contact.)
Collins also in the webinar predicts the Jeep Wrangler, Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade going aluminum.
Featured images: Like the 2015 F-150, the next-generation 2018 Ford Expedition will have an aluminum body-in-white and panels over a “redesigned high-strength steel frame,” Ford announced Tuesday. (Provided by Ford)
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