Ford’s do-everything SUV now has more functions to go along with a beefed-up appearance

The Ford Expedition is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in two different guises. One of these two Expedition creations goes by the name "Destination Expedition," and it comes by way of Hulst Customs. The noted tuner developed its program with an eye towards turning the Expedition into the “ultimate SUV.” It features extensive upgrades in the exterior and interior, to go with a number of technical additions. The result is a go-anywhere version of the SUV that lives up to its Expedition name.

Exterior

2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs
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The first thing you’ll notice about Hulst Customs’ 2018 Destination Expedition is how it looks bigger than usual.

That’s a by-product of an extensive aerodynamic body kit that Hulst Customs created itself to go with other bits it sourced from a number of suppliers.

The grille insert with the aluminum center, for example, is a Hulst Customs creation. The custom hood and the drop visor with the LED running lights were provided by Striker while the roof rack crossbars and the FatCat snowboard carriers come by way of Ford Licensed Accessories and Yakima, respectively. Snowboard bindings from Solomon are also included in the program and those snowboards sitting on top of the SUV come from Deviation Snowboard Works.

The Destination Expedition also received an extensive lighting setup courtesy of Rigid Industries while the custom grey paint finish and complementary lower graphics come from Industrial Finishes. Add all of that with a set of massive 26-inch Lexani LF-002 forged wheels wrapped in Lexani tires measuring 305/30-26 and you have an undaunted Expedition that looks like its ready for whatever the elements give it. Sure, it’s not as eye-catching as Theresa Contreras’ LGE*CTS Expedition Classic, but it doesn’t need to be the apple of anyone’s eye to be considered a great example of the Ford Expedition’s aftermarket potential.

Interior

Ford Expedition Stealth Edition
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Note: Standard Ford Expedition pictured here.

The Ford Destination Expedition’s interior is another example of what the SUV can turn into if it’s worked on by a well-regarded tuner. For instance, you don’t need to worry about losing your valuables with this SUV because it features a full-floor center console vehicle safe from Console Vault. Worried about the Expedition’s OEM speakers? Take comfort knowing that the Destination Expedition comes with Bullfrog outdoor Bluetooth speakers by Kicker.

The interior also boasts patterned components from E3D and ambient lighting that can match your mood.

The interior also comes with a number of less-heralded, though no less functional, pieces. There’s a cargo organizer at the back and all-weather floor mats were also thrown in for good measure. Obviously, this interior wouldn’t be complete without a smattering of Ford Licensed Accessories. The specific items included from Ford’s own list of options and accessories weren’t mentioned, but you can be sure that there’s a lot of them in there, specifically those of the premium variety.

Drivetrain and Chassis

2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs
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Unfortunately, Hulst Customs’ 2018 Ford Destination Expedition does not come with any upgrades to its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. The good news is that the tuner didn’t exactly leave this section dry and barren.

Hulst Customs’ installed a Borla cat-back exhaust system with custom-fabricated exhausted tips.

The new exhaust system should liven up the Destination Expedition in the soundtrack department, at least for what that’s worth.

Since the 2018 Destination Expedition is based on the Limited trim of the SUV, its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. That’s an improvement of 10 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque over its predecessor, the 2017 Expedition. More importantly, the Expedition has more power than the Chevrolet Tahoe, which boasts a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces “only” 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Even with the absence of an engine upgrade, the 2018 Destination Expedition can still go where it needs to go without too much trouble.

Final Thoughts

2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs
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Hulst Customs is a veteran of the SEMA show-and-tell. That explains what it did with the new 2018 Ford Expedition. The creation revolves around a tuning program that shows off one of the many aftermarket possibilities of the Blue Oval’s big SUV. It’s not the flashiest program we’ve seen for the Expedition — make me choose and I’ll pick Theresa Contreras’ Expedition Classic — but it certainly carries itself well with the upgrades it received from the tuning company. The tuner’s creation isn’t going on sale anytime soon, but if you’re looking to give your Expedition models a touch of refinement to go with new functions and a more aggressive appearance, you can do worse than looking at Hulst Customs’ creations and following it to a tee.

  • Leave it
    • No engine upgrades
    • You can source your own kit similar to this from other tuners
    • Doesn’t possess the "wow" factor

Further reading

2018 Ford Expedition
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition.

2018 Ford Expedition Classic by LGE*CTS Motorsports
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition Classic by LGE*CTS Motorsports.

This Hulst Customs 2018 Destination Expedition is the ultimate SUV – a custom luxe cruiser designed to get you to where you are going in comfort, class and style. A custom hood and grille, plus custom Borla cat-back exhaust with custom-fabricated tips give a nod to its performance DNA. Color-matched 26-inch Lexani wheels and tires fill out the fender wells, while stunning custom gray paint with lower graphics give this Destination Expedition a truly rich and distinctive appearance. A custom drop visor with LED running lights and Yakima snowboard rack put the finishing touches on this one-of-a-kind family hauler.

Base vehicle

2018 Ford Expedition Max 4x4 Limited
3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine
10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission
Powertrain

Borla cat-back exhaust system with custom-fabricated exhaust tips
Wheels and tires

Lexani LF-002 forged wheels, 26 x 10 inches
Lexani tires, 305/30-26 tires
Exterior

Ford Licensed Accessories roof rack crossbars
Custom grey paint provided by Industrial Finishes with lower graphics, black greenhouse, color-matched wheels and details
Hulst Customs grille insert with aluminum center
Hulst aluminum exhaust tips
Striker custom hood
Striker drop visor with LED running lights
Yakima FatCat snow board carriers
Outlier snowboard from Deviation Snowboard Works
Solomon® snowboard bindings
Rigid® Industries lighting
Interior

Ford Licensed Accessories
Full-floor center console vehicle safe by Console Vault
Bullfrog outdoor Bluetooth speaker by Kicker
All-weather floor mats
Cargo organizer
E3D patterned components
Ambient lighting

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