AD #2132 – Ford Expedition Adds Off-Road Model, Takata To File for Bankruptcy, EU Sales Surpass U.S.

June 16th, 2017 at 11:55am

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- EU Sales Surpass U.S.
- Panoz Street Legal Sports Car
- Toyota Improving Motorsport Safety
- Expedition Adds New Off-Road Variant
- Ford Makes Trailer Maneuvers Less Nerve-Wracking
- F-150 Powertrain Upgrades
- Takata To File for Bankruptcy
- Volkswagen Reveals the New Polo

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13 Comments to “AD #2132 – Ford Expedition Adds Off-Road Model, Takata To File for Bankruptcy, EU Sales Surpass U.S.”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean: I think you’ll find that the rear diff in any FX4 will be an electric locker,not a electric limited slip.Big difference.

  2. Sean McElroy Says:

    @G.A. – Direct quote from the Ford press release, “electronic limited-slip rear differential.”

  3. WineGeek Says:

    Poor GM they sold out in EU just when sales are taking off… :)

  4. Buzzerd Says:

    I don’t get it, is backing a trailer really that difficult for people or is it they just need a little practice? I’m thinking practice.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect most of those 20% of Expedition drivers take their vehicles off road, the same way I take my Mini and Corvette off road, to park in lawns for family cookouts.

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  7. Drew Says:

    20 years ago, I took the 1st generation Expedition off road in western Colorado and throughout Utah. It was perfect for the family’s vacation through the National Parks. The cup holders in the front console perfectly accommodated our binoculars. It’s was very comfortable, the A/C was strong, and the visibility was as magnificent as the scenery.

    I hope the new Expedition continues and improves upon the virtues of the 1st Expedition. I’d be happy to do a comparison if Ford can supply a sample (whichever trim level replaced the old Eddie Bauer). And I wouldn’t mind being an evaluator for the trailer back-up assist.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I suspect the base version of the new Expedition would be better equipped, and much more “luxurious” than the 1st gen Eddie Bauer. The cup holders of the new one might not be spaced right for binoculars, though.

  9. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Sean:Yup,I know what they said.I scoured the ford website and on any fx4 f150,( isn’t that what the navigators chassis is? ) they are all electronic lockers.BUT,that covers 2017 models,maybe for 18 they are going to change?

    Ford has been big into electronic lockers now for a long time.I’m kinda looking at it as “if it ain’t broke…” type of thing. If memory serves,they also used to offer up a Torsen mechanical locker for the rangers in their later years.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I think I would like the definition (they used) when they were saying that 20% took there vehicles off-road. And then there are those that might have said, yeah, I think once, I remember taking my vehicle off-road or were slightly embarrassed that they hadn’t and just ‘fibbed’ a bit (relating to Kit’s comment on driving on the grass somewhere to park at an event). Color me skeptical.

  11. GM Veteran Says:

    There doesn’t seem to be much difference in size between the Polo and the Golf. Perhaps they made the Polo bigger so its not so close in size to the Up?

    I have backed up quite a few trailers. The dash knob doesn’t seem like it would be all that easy to use.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    From wikipedia, the current Golf is about 12 inches longer, and 4 inches wider than the current Polo. The Polo is about 15 inches longer, and 2 inches wider than the up!.

  13. G.A.Branigan Says:

    “The FX4 package has a long list of upgrades. First is the electronic limited slip differential, which can allocate power to whichever wheel has more grip, providing better traction. Included with this differential is a 3.73:1 ratio axle to help improve towing performance.”

    Would this be the abs version of a LS diff?

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