Ford is in a good position right now. Chevrolet’s body-on-frame SUVs are aging and won’t see a full redesign until around 2020. The Blue Oval will strike right into the heart of one of GM’s most dominant segments with the 2018 Expedition.
Our sister site, Ford Authority, recently received time behind the wheel in the 2018 Expedition a Limited model and off-road oriented FX4 variant. Our esteemed colleague’s final thoughts? Chevrolet should be nervous.
Like many programs, Ford brought comparison vehicles, including the Chevrolet Tahoe with a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8. While the 2018 Expedition had a 6,500-pound Airstream trailer hooked up behind it, the Tahoe present hauled a lighter 5,500-pound trailer. Per our own Aaron Brzozowski:
Without the aid of forced induction, and with four fewer gears to propel it along, the difference was quite dramatic. Even on level ground, the Tahoe had much more trouble getting out of its own way; uphill, the SUV’s arduous struggle was on full display, the transmission downshifting multiple times, the V8 howling all the while.
Mind you, we still believe the Tahoe is a solid SUV. It does a lot of things right, but Ford has pulled out every trick to try and steal away GM’s market share it holds so tightly.