Ford is giving up on Expedition diesel. But, the big SUV with such drivetrain is still an option. The company is about to bring back the 2020 Ford Excursion and give it a diesel powertrain.
That is not all since the new V8 petrol unit is also going to be an option. Engineers are developing the new engine for the Super Duty trucks. Well, the Excursion used to be the biggest SUV out there, based on the F-250 pickup. It seems the new model will again share the concept with the HD trucks.
By combining elements from the SUV and truck segment, the new 2020 Ford Excursion will be the star of the upcoming season. We can’t wait to see the spacious interior and the bold exterior design. Still, the specs of the new SUV will be the highlight.
The company is not announcing the comeback yet. But, rumors are swirling for a while. The Expedition hit the new generation in 2018 and the full-size SUV is not getting any updates in the next couple of years. So, designers will have more time to take care of the new Excursion.
What is Ford Excursion? Why It Was Discontinued?
The first Excursion was a heavy-duty SUV based on the F-250 pickup truck. It was the largest model in the segment powered by Triton petrol engines and a huge 7.3-l diesel Powerstroke unit. However, its extra size and poor fuel economy could not last for too long. The vehicle was discontinued after six years on the market. Ford replaced it with Expedition MAX. Whatsoever, this SUV can’t match all the things the HD SUV offered.
Read about other reasons for discontinuation HERE
Comeback in 2020 – True or False?
We can read about Excursion’s comeback for a while. Now it is the perfect moment for the company to do so. They recently launched an all-new turbodiesel engine for the F-150 truck. Immediately, experts said this drivetrain is going to produce the power for most big vehicles by Blue Oval carmaker. One of them is the Ford Expedition.
However, soon after the first reports, they changed the story and started talking about the 2020 Ford Excursion comeback. The new Powerstroke unit would be the main engine. What’s more, the company is working on a new 7.3-liter V8 petrol drivetrain, which is also a perfect fit for Excursion heavy-duty SUV. Let’s check their specs.
2020 Ford Excursion Diesel
A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 by Powerstroke is the new engine that was designed for the 2019 F-150 pickup truck. It can produce 250 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. For a long time, the carmaker didn’t use such drivetrains. The new 2020 Ford Excursion is going to use it as a replacement for the previous edition.
It will be a huge downgrade. The SUV used a 7.3-l V8 unit that produced 250 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity will suffer, but the Expedition still can pull more than 11,000 pounds with the new unit. And the biggest benefit is a way better fuel economy. The new transmission is there as well, so everything results in improved handling as well.
Full specifications of the new Powerstroke diesel V6 engine you can find HERE
New 7.3-liter V8 Specs
It is not a secret that Ford is working on a new drivetrain. A 7.3-liter V8 unit will be available for the next-gen of Super Duty trucks. It is a response to the new 6.6-liter engine General Motors added to its HD trucks. We still don’t have precise output numbers for this drivetrain. The first appearance a 7.3 mill could have in 2020 Ford Excursion SUV and F-250/F-350 Super Duty truck.
2020 Ford Excursion Concept
The 2020 Ford Excursion concept will be the same as for the Super Duty segment. The SUV will use the same frame, but the company will build it differently. Last time the access to rear seats and cargo area was a problem. Now, the new layouts will fix that.
The interior will come with three rows of seats with seating capacity for seven or eight persons. Higher trim levels will offer captain’s chairs in the middle row. Also, the new Excursion will be packed with the latest features. More comfort and infotainment accessories are coming with upper grades, and the Platinum model is going to be the most expensive version in the lineup.
2020 Ford Excursion Release Date, Price
The new SUV is yet to be confirmed by the carmaker. Whatsoever, its comeback is now more likely than ever. Two new engines are the perfect fit for the 2020 Ford Excursion, and it is just a matter of time when will the Blue Oval company expand its SUV squad.
The new model could appear at NAIAS next year. The production will start right after the premiere. The price will be higher than for any other SUV. Currently. Ford Expedition costs $50,000, Excursion could replace Expedition MAX, which starts at $54,000. Again, the price will also depend on the engine type. The Powerstroke unit will definitely cost more than the V6 petrol available for Excursion’s smaller sibling. So, at high ends, the heavy-duty SUV could cost more than $90k.