2018 Ford Expedition Priced From $52,890, Will Range To Nearly $80k

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 20, 2017

When it arrives this fall, the 2018 Ford Expedition will offer a completely new design featuring weight-saving aluminum panels, more powerful engines and the latest safety technology. The full-size SUV will also gain an FX4 variant boasting new off-road capabilities.

However, the latest order guides reveal that the wide range of improvements won't be coming without a rather sizable increase in price. Based on our analysis, the updated vehicle family will see increases worth up to $8,650 with prices reaching nearly $80,000.

So how much will the Expedition cost? Which versions will end up getting a price increase? And how much will the new FX4 model cost?

Here's what you need to know.

New Model, New Price

The 2018 Expedition XLT will start at $52,890 including destination, or $4,570 more than the outgoing generation. The new Expedition MAX, which replaces the larger EL model, will start $4,550 higher than before at $55,580. All-wheel drive adds approximately $3,000 depending on the trim you choose.

Further up the line, the well-equipped Expedition Limited has been priced from $63,780, or $66,465 in the case of the MAX. These equate to price increases worth $6,540 and $6,575, respectively. But that's not all. Based on our analysis, the largest increases will be happening at the top of the range.

The redesigned Platinum has been priced from $73,905, or $8,505 more than the outgoing generation. The MAX will start from $76,595, or $8,540 higher than before. The most significant increase comes with the Platinum grade MAX 4x4, which will start from $79,740, $8,650 more than it did before.

A Ford spokesperson confirmed the changes today for CarsDirect. Although the changes are greater than we're accustomed to seeing even for a redesign, Ford appears to be hoping that the vehicle will be a hit with shoppers who can benefit from its spacious design, increased capability and updated technology.

Recently announced specs show a substantial boost in output under the hood worth up to 35 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque depending on trim from the vehicle's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The largest improvement is on the Platinum, which boasts 400 hp and 480 lb-ft, while other versions offer 375 hp with 470 lb-ft.

FX4 Pricing

The all-new FX4 model has been priced from $63,155 and will only be available on 4x4 versions of the XLT. To get to that price, you'll need to add Equipment Group 202A ($5,605) as well as the optional FX4 Package ($1,650).

The FX4 offers a more rugged alternative compared to what Expedition shoppers may be used to. It features specially tuned shocks, extensive underbody skid plates, a limited-slip rear differential, adjustable drive modes and much more.

Ford says it will be the most off-road capable Expedition ever.

Our Analysis

Next to a Chevy Suburban, the new Expedition appears to be priced competitively, at least at the entry level. A 2017 Suburban LS starts at $51,210, $1,680 less than the new Expedition XLT.

Higher up, a Suburban Premier 4x4 tops out at $69,135, well below the nearly $80,000 price of a Platinum grade MAX. At that point, Ford treads into the territory of the Cadillac Escalade, which starts at $74,590 for the standard model and $77,590 for the more spacious ESV.

So will the new prices put off Expedition shoppers? Probably not. Ford isn't alone in catering to buyers drawn to well-equipped variants. It's also worth noting that the King Ranch edition is no longer available, which could result in more people being drawn to the Limited and Platinum.

If you aren't keen on paying the premium, there's some good news. Special offers on the outgoing generation have hit a new high this month with up to $7,500 in factory rebates. We're even seeing potential to see prices dip below $40,000 with dealer discounts.

, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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