Ford did a major refresh to the Expedition SUV for 2022. So the 2023 Expedition probably won’t see a lot of changes. But there was an expectation that a hybrid engine option would come in 2023. Whether it comes for the 2023 models is still unknown, but there are other engines available for Ford’s largest SUV, so let’s look.
The Expedition is based on Ford’s F-150 truck chassis, so it has the driving and handling characteristics of an F-150. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just not the same as a unibody SUV like the Ford Explorer. All SUVs were once designed like this.
Will the PowerBoost hybrid engine be available in the Expedition for 2023?
Ford’s PowerBoost hybrid engine was expected, as it can already be found in the F-150. Even at this late date, it is unclear if the PowerBoost V6 will be available for the 2023 Expedition. With the all-new 2022 Toyota Sequoia featuring a hybrid V6, it seems that Ford would need to offer a similar powertrain.
If there is a hybrid coming, it will be the same or very similar to the F-150. And even without the hybrid, there are three capable V6 engines that, naturally, use more fuel. A 380 hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 470 lb-ft of torque is the standard engine for the Expedition. Moving up to the Limited trim, that number increases to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque.
Does the Expedition get a high-output engine?
If you order the Timberline option, that comes with the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with anywhere from 440 hp to 500 hp and over 500 lb-ft of torque. Keep in mind that this same engine, breathed upon by Ford engineers, powers the Ford GT, rated at 660 hp. So there is lots of room for increased power, though we don’t expect to see GT numbers in F-150s or Expeditions.
The PowerBoost V6, as it is in the Ford F-150, has around 430 hp. But that number can increase or decrease depending on where Ford wants to slot it. We do expect one of the Ecoboost V6 engines to be dropped. Which one gets the ax is anybody’s guess.
What are some of the Expedition’s other features?
A 10-speed automatic transmission backs all three EcoBoost engines. The Timberline comes standard with all-wheel drive, while the other Expedition trims come standard with two-wheel drive. All can be optioned with all-wheel drive, as well.
All Expeditions come in two body styles, the standard version, and the Expedition Max. Though large to begin with, going the Max route adds a foot to the standard SUV. The Max can easily accommodate eight people. Production will begin in November 2022. Ford has not released 2023 Expedition pricing yet.