Following on the heels of the recently launched Expedition King Ranch, Ford is continuing to expand the big utility’s arsenal of trim levels, but this time the Blue Oval has gone in the opposite direction, with the unveiling of the all new FX4 Package that enhances the ruggedness of the Expedition and improves its luxury and comfort to boot.
Like the King Ranch, the range topping FX4 is based on the Limited model, and is a nice follow up of the previously launched XLT variant of the same package. Like before, the package adds an extra pinch of toughness to the Expedition’s flanks, with 32-inch all-terrain tires being mounted on 18-inch cast aluminum wheels. Premium off-road focused shocks lurk underneath the bodywork, as do seven different skid plates with a sand shield being included to help protect the intercoolers for the turbochargers. Meanwhile a shorter bumper mounted chin spoiler helps improve approach angles, chrome plated running boards improve protection and accessibility, and a new electronically operated limited slip differential.
According to Ford, roughly 20 percent of Expedition buyers take their SUVS off-roading, so it makes sense to expand this package onto the more opulent Limited model. An all new 360 degree camera system help makes tackling tough terrain easier, though we suspect that more on-road focused buyers will be pleased with the way it makes parking into tight parking spots much easier than before. Befitting its Limited trim origins, the camera system is also paired with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 software that includes goodies such as lane keep assist automatic emergency braking and more.
Performance for this flavor of FX4 comes from the same 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that also sees duty in other Expedition models, and is good for 375 horsepower. All of this muscle is routed through all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The package adds $2,035 to the asking price of a standard Expedition Limited which raises the final sticker to $71,865. Buyers looking for more room will be pleased to hear that this package can also be equipped to the Max long wheelbase variant.