Ford says the addition of Pro Trailer Backup Assist is because more than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, according to its research. Furthermore, as much as 15 percent say they tow weekly or monthly.
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The new 2018 Ford Expedition will offer a maximum towing capacity of 9,300 pounds, based on the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standard, and Ford notes this is more than any other full-size SUV.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes pulling a trailer, or more specifically parking it or maneuvering it at a boat ramp, far simpler by allowing the driver to control how much the trailer with the simple rotation a dash-mounted knob. Pro Trailer Backup Assist also can limit vehicle speed to enhance occupant comfort depending upon the road surface.
“Warmer weather has families longing for outdoor adventures, and the all-new Expedition provides generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for the trip,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With best-in-class towing capability of 9,300 pounds and available Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you can spend more time on the water rather than struggling to back up and launch your boat.”
The 2018 Ford Expedition will feature the second-generation of the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which will be paired with the company’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The automaker has yet to confirm power figures, however rumors surfaced earlier this year indicating it may produce up to 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. A new frame and an all-aluminum-alloy body have also helped shave 300 lbs. of weight over the outgoing 2017 Expedition.