You’re looking at one of the biggest aluminum-bodied productions car, well, ever. In switching from steel body panels to the lighter-weight material on the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV, engineers were able to reduce mass by up to 300 pounds. That number likely applies to the extended-wheelbase Max model – the heavier something is, the more weight it stands to lose – while the regular-length Expedition has grown inside and out and still loses weight.
These new models are also a lot more handsome. The current Expedition, which has had the same basic styling since 2007, looks a bit ungainly. For 2018, the design is much softer and better differentiated from the Ford F-150 pickup with which it shares parts. From the side, the look is maybe a bit generic, with a big-Explorer feel to it, while the front end is a nice blend of cues from Ford’s crossovers and the updated 2018 F-150 pickup. You can also seem some similarities with the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the Expedition’s main big-SUV rivals.
Functionally, the design has a higher beltline than the outgoing model, which means less glass. The weight loss allowed Ford to make the standard-size Expedition longer by four inches with a three-inch wheelbase stretch, while the extended-wheelbase Max model, which replaces the Expedition EL, is an inch longer overall. Both are wider as well, and the overall height drops just a bit compared to the current models. To try and hide some of the height and preserve headroom, the roof is raised between the rails.