The completely redesigned, arch-rivals from GM are here and there is no doubt that the Blue Oval company is working on something that can keep this full-size SUV on the leading position in the segment. While most reports suggest that it’s still early for a facelift, that doesn’t mean we won’t see something big for the next year. According to our reliable sources, the company is seriously considering to launch the 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid, the first electrified full-size SUV on the market.
At this point, the exact details are still unavailable. Still, we presume that the new system will heavily rely on the upcoming F-150 Hybrid. We presume the two models would feature the same system, based on a familiar twin-turbo V6. Some sources even suggest a plug-in hybrid version, though we believe this version won’t happen so soon. In any case, we expect that the 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid Powertrain
Of course, the most interesting things about 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid will be those under the hood. At this point, we are still waiting to hear something from the officials on this matter. Still, if the new version actually arrives, we presume it will use the same system as the upcoming Ford F-150 Hybrid. The new pickup truck will feature a hybrid system that combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor with around 47 hp. The combined output will probably go around 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which promises pretty respectable performances. The electric motor will come with a small 1.5-kWh battery, which will be positioned under the floor and won’t compromise interior and cargo space at all. When it comes to 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid mpg ratings, some sources suggest the new version will be able to make around 25 mpg combined.
Some sources also suggest the possibility of a plug-in hybrid version. If this version happens, we presume it would use a system similar to the new Lincoln Aviator. The luxury crossover comes with a system based on a 3.0-liter V6 engine and puts out some serious numbers. You may count on 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Also, you may count on a decent all-electric range of around 21 miles.
Both versions would come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. When it comes to the standard gasoline version, we expect no bigger changes. We are talking about a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which comes with either 375 or 400 horsepower, depending on the trim level you choose. With this engine, you may count on about 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg in the city.
2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid Design
The 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid will certainly be a big novelty, but the base design will remain essentially the same. While there will be a new powertrain, the overall layout will remain completely unchanged. The new version will also ride on a T3 platform and share most parts with the current-generation F-150. Of course, there are some notable modifications and we do not doubt that this particular version will also come standard with an independent rear suspension.
As we already mentioned, most expects thing it’s too early for a facelift. Therefore, we don’t expect bigger aesthetical changes for the next year. However, there is always a chance to see a couple of exclusive details, something that will be reserved for hybrid models only. This refers to things like a slightly revised grille and bumpers, different wheels design, exclusive color options and similar things.
Bigger changes aren’t expected on the inside either. The 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid will come with a familiar cabin design, with largely the same dashboard. However, the instrument cluster could be slightly different, adapted to the electrified powertrain. Additionally, we could see some exclusive color schemes in the offer. At this point, we still don’t know if the new hybrid version is about to be offered as a separate trim level or just as a powertrain option. Therefore, it’s still early to talk about the list of standard equipment.
More importantly, the new 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid interior won’t be compromised by the battery pack. Therefore, you may count on the same amount of passenger room as in the gasoline version. This means three very spacious rows of seats. In numbers, this would be around 37.7 inches of legroom in the third row, which sounds really amazing. The first two rows are, obviously, even more generous in terms of space. The cargo area offers around 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 104.6 cubes with both rear rows folded. The numbers are even more impressive in the long-wheelbase version.
2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid Release Date and Price
We presume that the new version could come already in the last quarter of this year. When it comes to the 2021 Ford Expedition Hybrid price, it’s still early for the exact numbers.