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Ford Introduces 2007 Expedition EL

February 14, 2006

DEARBORN, MI – For full-size SUV customers who want even more cargo-carrying capability, Ford has extended its Expedition lineup with the new 2007 Expedition EL. With 14.8 inches of additional overall length, Expedition EL delivers 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space – including 24 cubic feet more behind the third-row seat than the Expedition. Expedition EL rides on a 131-inch wheelbase – 12 inches longer than the standard Expedition – to preserve the base model’s superior ride and handling. Expedition’s new design, inspired by Ford F-Series, melds ruggedness with expressive lines and a three-bar grille to the large blue oval mounted on the lift gate. New dual-beam headlamps feature the Ford-themed step-up design with the integrated side-marker lights wrapping around into the front fenders. Smooth sides and large wheel lips further define Expedition’s stance and frame its large wheels and tires. Expedition owners can choose from five wheel designs, including available 20-inch chrome-clad, six-spoke wheels wearing P275/55-R20 all-season tires. The new Expedition’s chassis features an all-new front suspension, front frame section, and modular front-end construction for ease of assembly and improved quality. The tube-through-tube frame construction increases frame stiffness to provide a solid foundation for improved driving dynamics. Ford’s patented porthole-through-frame design allows the drive shafts to feed through the frame rails, lowering the center of gravity for better ride and handling and maximizing passenger space in the third-row seat. Expedition’s 4x4 models have two-speed transfer cases with optional electronic shift-on-the-fly capability, controlled from a dash-mounted rotary knob. In low range, the electronic throttle control changes to off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions. Expedition is powered by Ford’s 5.4L Triton V-8 engine. Rated at 300 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque, Expedition can tow up to 9,100 lbs. The Triton engine is paired with a new standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6R transmission has manual shift capability, and its wide 6.04:1 gear ratio and two overdrive gears deliver improved performance and fuel economy over the 4-speed it replaces. AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) is standard on both Expedition and Expedition EL. Ford’s system utilizes a gyroscopic roll rate sensor to accurately measure the vehicle’s yaw and roll angles. If the roll rate sensor detects a significant roll angle, the system applies additional countermeasures – such as applying brakes to one or more wheels or reducing engine power – to help the driver maintain control. Dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying power based on crash severity, the driver’s seat position, and safety-belt usage. The available three-row Safety Canopy rollover detection system includes extended-duration side curtain airbags that extend down to the beltline, offering increased coverage, and features roll-fold deployment for enhanced protection.
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