Ford has big plans for its biggest SUV, Expedition. One of the plans is to make it the second-largest in the segment. But, how? It is based on the full-size F-150 truck. What could be larger than that? The response is – 2020 Ford Excursion, the new largest SUV based on the F-250 heavy-duty pickup. This model was already available at the beginning of the millennium. Now, it comes back to take the same spot as between 2000-2004.
We can witness the expansion of various classes of crossovers and SUVs. We can categorize these models to subcompact, compact, mid-size, and full-size models. Furthermore, there are some series that are between tiers. But, the 2020 Ford Excursion is taking another step – it enlarges the segment over the biggest model.
Being based on the Super Duty segment unveils some details about the 2020 Ford Excursion. The SUV will probably get one of the V8 engines. Whatsoever, there is a possibility for Excursion to be kind of a test mule for the new 7.0-liter unit. Diesel is another likely option.
Truck-Based SUV is Getting a New Engine
One of the reasons for discontinuation was efficiency. Excursion used huge engines that consumed too much fuel. In its lineup were 5.4-l and 6.8-l Triton powertrains. The SUV also used 6.0-l and 7.3-liter diesel units.
What could power the new 2020 Ford Excursion? Neither of these is meeting emission and efficiency requirements. So, the new SUV could borrow an engine from its closest siblings, F250 and F350 truck. That is a 6.2-liter unit that produces 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. This is still short of the output we are getting from the Ford Expedition. A twin-turbo engine is capable to deliver 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Well, the V8 will offer serious towing capability – over 10,000 pounds. A new 10-speed automatic transmission is certain power router for any engine.
But, there is one more possibility. For a while, we are listening to rumors speaking of the new 7.0-liter DOHC engine coming for a Ford F-150 Raptor. The same drivetrain could be the biggest surprise for 2020 Ford Excursion as well. We believe this unit will be able to create around 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. However, Ford is yet to confirm everything about this powertrain and which vehicle will be the first to get it.
2020 Ford Excursion Diesel
Since it is based on the Super Duty lineup, we must mention the other engine in this segment – a turbodiesel Powerstroke unit. A 6.7-liter V8 is crunching 450 hp and the class-leading 925 pound-feet of torque. With such performance, the 2020 Ford Excursion would be outside every SUV league. We can’t compare it to Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and its Hellcat engine with the capability to produce 707 hp since 2020 Excursion will be able to tow a lot more.
Again, we must compare the 2020 Ford Excursion with its sibling from the truck segment. Since these are working mules, the new SUV will probably be one of the leaders in towing capacity. However, it still depends which configuration it is getting. A V6 is pretty potent. With it, the new Excursion will be able to haul 8,500 pounds. Larger V8 adds more power, and its towing capacity reaches 10,000 pounds. Finally, turbodiesel is the torquiest engine, and the final result will be 18,000 and more pounds of towing capacity.
2020 Ford Excursion Concept
The 2020 Ford Excursion will be the new largest SUV in the US market. It will use the body-on-frame platform, the same one Ford’s Super Duty class is using. The new SUV will have some similarities with its predecessor, although it was shut down 15 years ago. It will look like designers combined F-250 truck and Expedition SUV. The extended body will have a room for three rows of seats. However, there will be enough room behind rear seats for cargo. This is another factor for total towing capacity. However, we believe the SUV body is not going to restrict the towing capacity of either turbodiesel or 6.2-liter engine.
Again, the 2020 Ford Excursion will combine elements from its smaller SUV sibling, and a heavy-duty truck. The latest one is heading into a new generation. In 2020 we will see a new series of Super Duty pickups. Well, Excursion SUV is going to use similar layouts and features. However, Ford Expedition is also packed with interesting features, especially at its higher trim levels. The base model is coming with three rows and seating capacity for eight persons. As Expedition, the 2020 Excursion could cut one spot in premium versions to add captain chairs in the middle row. The company will offer few trim levels, with Platinum and Limited SUVs topping the range.
2020 Ford Excursion Conversion
We could see custom-made Excursions during the past few years. Specialized companies managed to turn the F-250 truck into an SUV. However, owners of these vehicles would be left without warranties. Also, conversion is not exactly what true fans really want. So, the 2020 Ford Excursion will be a real deal, especially since CABT company is not converting trucks from 2016 into SUV.
2020 Ford Excursion Release Date and Price
We are listening carefully for any info about the comeback of the 2020 Ford Excursion. Since this SUV is a close sibling to Super Duty segment, we could see premieres of both kinds of vehicles together. Spy photos of the heavy-duty trucks are already available, while photographers haven’t caught new Excursion yet. That means enthusiasts will have to be patient for a while. First test mules will definitely be spotted during 2019.
Regarding the price, we can again compare the 2020 Ford Excursion with its closest relatives – Expedition and F-250. The full-size SUV starts at $52,000 and costs up to $75,000. On the other hand, a modestly-equipped pickup truck is a cheaper option with a starting price at $34,000. However, heavily-packed versions of this vehicle can reach $85,000.
So, the new SUV will probably get similar equipment as its smaller brother, and functionality of a truck to be available for a cheaper price. Perfect price for Excursion would be around $45,000. But, since it is bigger than Expedition, Ford will probably add a couple of grands to its price.