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.