There's a new king of the road coming in the form of Dearborn's big SUV.
Thinking about picking up a new Ford Expedition? Though you can get it with or without four-wheel drive, there's only one engine to choose from, and one transmission. But there's two body-style lengths, and three trim levels. Unfortunately one of our favorites has been missing from the lineup since the new model arrived, but the latest word has it that it's coming back.
Ford dropped the King Ranch off the Expedition order sheet in 2017 as it prepared to introduce the all-new model (pictured above in Texas Edition trim). Now CarsDirect reports that it's due to return next year.
Geared towards cowboys (wannabe or actual), the King Ranch is equal parts rugged and luxurious. On the new Expedition, it's expected to bring an upgraded interior with rich Del Rio leather upholstery. It'll also get stone-gray exterior trim, two-tone 22-inch wheels, power running boards, roof rails, and a smattering of special badges inside and out to make it stand out from other versions of the big sport-ute.
The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch is slated to slot in between the existing Expedition Limited and Expedition Platinum. It'll closely mirror the equipment level of an Expedition Limited with the optional Equipment Group 302A, coming equipped with features like LED lighting and panoramic roof, and of course Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance systems.
Expect it to carry a starting price of $74,290 (including the destination charge), with an extra $2k or so for the extended Max version. That's a fair bit more than the $52k base price on the Expedition XLT, and puts it about on par with the starting price price for the Lincoln Navigator.