Dressed-up Expedition will be available soon

Ford was a big participant at the 2018 Texas State Fair, making its presence known thanks to four special edition SUVs. One of those special edition SUVs is the Expedition Stealth Edition, and of the four SUVs, it’s the one that received the most upgrades. The Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, together with the Expedition Texas Edition, will be available to order later this year. Pricing details will be announced soon.

What Makes The Ford Expedition Stealth Edition Special

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If you’re picking between the two Expedition special editions that Ford brought to the Texas State Fair, you’re going to have to answer one fundamental question: a little or a lot? If your answer is a little, the Expedition Texas Edition is for you. If your answer is a lot, the Expedition Stealth Edition has your name written all over it.

The Ford Expedition Stealth Edition boasts an extraordinary amount of visual upgrades, at least compared to its counterpart, the Texas Edition, which has a badge and a set of wheels to show for its SE status.

The Stealth Edition, on the other hand, features gloss black accessories, creating a more upscale appearance than the standard Expedition Limited, the model from which it’s based on. These gloss-black accessories include the SUV’s grille, mirror caps, roof rails, and running boards. The tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate, hitch cover, headlamp housing, fog lamp bezels, and taillamp housing are all getting the gloss-black treatment as well. One look at the Expedition Stealth Edition and you’ll immediately recognize it because it looks completely different from the standard Expedition.

The upgrades don’t end there, either. The SUV also gets its own exclusive badging, including a black “Expedition” badge in the front and a black “Limited” badge in the back, specifically on the tailgate. The Stealth Edition also rolls on a set of 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels, including continuously controlled damping.

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Step inside the Expedition Stealth Edition and you’ll be greeted by door handles dressed in body color, as well as red stitching accents throughout the interior.

These red stitches are everywhere. They’re on the seats, dashboard, door panels, center armrest, and even the steering wheel.

Since the Ford Expedition Stealth Edition is based on the Limited trim of the SUV, your purchase of the SE SUV — once it goes on sale — will include Ford’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. This is the same EcoBoost V-6 that’s found in the F-150, and in both applications, the twin-turbocharged engine produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

Ford has made no mention on when the Expedition Stealth Edition will go on sale, but it will be available to order “later this year.” Since it’s already October, I can imagine that details on that end will arrive sooner than later. Expect Ford to also announce the price tag of the special edition Expedition as soon as it becomes available.

Further Reading

2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Expedition Texas Edition.

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

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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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