Special edition model gives the Expedition a Texas-sized personality

Ford balled out at the 2018 Texas State Fair with a pair of special edition Expedition models, one of which was appropriately named the Explorer Texas Edition. Based on the 2019 Expedition Limited trim, the Texas Edition is perfectly identified by unique badging throughout its body. It’s short on visual upgrades like its counterpart, the Expedition Stealth Edition, but it stands out because of its emphasis on hauling, hence the inclusion of a cargo package and Ford’s Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. The Ford Expedition Texas Edition will be available to order later this year. Pricing details will be announced soon.

What makes the Ford Expedition Texas Edition special

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Of the four special edition models that Ford unveiled at the 2018 Texas State Fair — a pair of Ford Explorer SEs joined the two Expedition SEs — the Explorer Texas Edition is arguably the simplest among them.

Unlike its counterpart, the Expedition Stealth Edition, which has plenty of black trim and contrast stitching, the Expedition Texas Edition can be identified by two things: special “Texas” badging on the liftgate and a new set of 22-inch wheels.

That’s it.

It’s not enough for the Expedition Texas Edition to stand out among the four special edition Ford SUVs, but this particular model does benefit from a number of packages that Ford is throwing in exclusively for this specific SE. The first package is the cargo package, which includes an advanced cargo manager that should get your gear in the cargo area organized and more secure. In addition to the cargo manager, the package also includes roof rack side rails and crossbars.

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The other available package is the Special Edition Package, which is a collection of Ford’s most popular options that are meant to make hauling and towing easier. Technically, the cargo package features in this package. That and the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, which comes with a heavy-duty radiator, an integrated trailer brake controller, two-speed automatic 4WD with neutral towing capability, Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist system, and a 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential.

LED headlamps and fog lamps are also available on the Expedition Texas Edition.

Those who opt for this special edition Expedition will also get an SUV that features a suite of driver-assistance tech, including an enhanced active park assist with parallel park, park out assist and reverse perpendicular parking, forward and reverse and side-sensing systems.

2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition Exterior
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Like the rest of the special edition SUVs that showed up at the 2018 Texas State Fair, the Ford Expedition Texas Edition will be available to order later this year. Pricing details have yet to be announced, but expect Ford to announce the costs of these special edition models once they become available.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the appetite for sport utility vehicles. While demand for Ford SUVs is climbing across the United States, drivers from El Paso to Houston continue to show why the Lone Star State is so crucial to automakers’ SUV portfolios.

Celebrating its position as the best-selling vehicle brand in Texas, Ford unveiled to crowds at the State Fair of Texas four new special-edition models designed to give buyers of large SUVs more options in the vehicles they love.

Expedition sales in Texas – Ford’s biggest market for large SUVs – represent nearly 25 percent of retail sales nationally and outnumber combined sales in Florida and California, the second- and third-largest Expedition markets.

“Texans love their SUVs and these four special-edition models were created very much with them in mind,” said Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford. “Each of these vehicles is a proof point that Ford takes seriously the need to continuously freshen an SUV lineup that is so popular with so many.”

All four new special-edition models shown at the State Fair of Texas are available for order later this year. They are:

Expedition Stealth Edition features gloss-black accessories for a cool yet upscale appearance over the current Limited series. It rolls on 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels and includes continuously controlled damping. Gloss-black features include grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate and hitch cover, headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels and taillamp housing. Black “Expedition” badging adorns the front, while the tailgate features a black “Limited” badge. Door handles are body color, and red interior stitching accents the interior

Expedition Texas Edition adds 22-inch wheels and new Texas Edition badging to build upon the existing Special Edition Package available for Limited models that already offers a collection of features to make hauling, towing and parking easier. These include the Cargo Package, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and enhanced active park assist

Explorer Limited Luxury Edition offers available appearance upgrades on the Limited series. Explorer owners can opt for 20-inch premium painted machined aluminum wheels, multi-contour seats with Active Motion®, Nirvana leather seats with micro-perforation, an upgraded leather steering wheel, door trim with leather inserts and chrome mirror caps

Explorer Desert Copper Edition upgrades an XLT model to include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps, Ebony Black leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats and door trim panel. The interior features copper highlights and stitching and Ebony Black vinyl third-row seats with copper accents

By expanding choices in its large SUV lineup, Ford looks to continue offering more of the vehicles that consumers say they want. More and more drivers are turning away from traditional sedans in favor of larger trucks and SUVs that offer more space, amenities and capability. A 2017 Ford report found that millennials are beginning to move to the suburbs and buy larger SUVs.

“People want SUVs, they’ve told us that,” Patterson said. “Whether an adventure-minded individual, a couple who needs room to haul home improvement supplies or a family loading up for a trip across the country, SUVs are in demand. Ford wants to have an SUV available that caters to any circumstance.”

Last year, Ford set a sales record when it closed 2017 with nearly 800,000 SUVs sold. In the past six years, Ford has grown its North American SUV sales by 28 percent, hitting a number of milestones across its lineup of SUV nameplates:

Edge recorded best-ever total annual sales of nearly 143,000 vehicles

Escape recorded best-ever total annual sales of more than 300,000 vehicles

Explorer recorded its best sales year in more than a decade with 238,056 SUVs sold

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