2015 Ford Expedition Spied

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Our spy photographer caught a look at the updated 2015 Ford Expedition testing in southeast Michigan, and the camouflaged SUV appears to have a few visual changes.

Compared to the current Ford Expedition, this tester had a more upright front fascia and bore a taller, wider grille that appears inspired by the one that adorns the Ford F-150 and Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks. Out back, this Ford Expedition has a straight exhaust with an enormous tip, whereas the current SUV's exhaust makes a 90-degree turn to exit on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Several reports predict that the 2015 Ford Expedition will ditch its 310 hp, 5.4-liter V-8 engine in favor of Ford's 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. The engine, which delivers 365 hp in the Ford F-150, has proven to be more fuel-efficient than V-8s and could improve upon the Expedition's current EPA ratings of 14/20 mpg (city/highway) with rear-wheel drive and 13/18 mpg with four-wheel drive. If Ford is testing a new engine in this Expedition, that could explain the different exhaust outlet. Of course, our colleagues at Motor Trend suggest it's possible that the Ford Expedition will continue to offer its V-8 in addition to the EcoBoost V-6.

The 2015 Ford Expedition is unlikely to receive any other major updates, although it's possibly Ford will finally install the MyFord Touch touchscreen system in the SUV -- currently the Expedition offers Sync voice-recognition and a simple, dated navigation screen. As there probably won't be any physical changes to the SUV, the long-wheelbase Expedition EL can be expected to keep its spot as one of the most capacious three-row SUVs on sale today.

The updated 2015 Ford Expedition could debut later this year or in spring 2014.

Robert Moore
It looks like something is up at Ford, since the spy shots came on the same day as GM's unveiling of the Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe and GMC's Yukon/XL/Denali roster, not to mention the timing of when they will hit the dealerships. May the best SUV win. 
TorqTransfer
I’m pretty sure this is just a powertrain test mule. Everything I have read thus far, and in keeping with general logic, points to the next Expedition being all-new from the ground-up. The next-generation F-150 and Expedition have the same chief design engineer, and reports from Ford indicate the next Expedition will be based off of the next F-150 (which means new chassis, platform, body, and so on) in order to meet the upcoming mpg regulations. Other rumblings point to the Expedition and F-150 looking like the Atlas Concept which Ford showed earlier this year at the Detroit International Auto Show. I’m not going to get excited about a test mule. I’ll get excited when spy photographers get a shot of a prototype test mule showing the new platform and new body.

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