Ford introduced the Excursion in 1999 as a 2000 model, seeking to have a larger pickup than the Ford Expedition before the extended-wheelbase versions of the latter were marketed, which eventually replaced it. At that time, before the financial crisis of 2008, gasoline was still cheap and the market, especially the US market, was looking for a utility vehicle that could comfortably carry 8 or 9 passengers and all their luggage, as well as tow a trailer.
The largest in history, at 5,758 mm long, and also the heaviest, at 3,478 kg when empty. To put it in perspective, the Suburban at the time was 20 cm shorter and the Expedition itself was far behind, at 5.227 mm, more than half a meter shorter. Even the current Chevrolet Suburban isn’t as big or heavy as the Excursion was, measuring just under 5.7 meters.
2021 Ford Excursion Engine
The engines were also totally crazy, as in USA it was sold with a 6.8-liter V10, which unbelievably delivered 310 hp, very low by the current standard, in which even a V6 EcoBoost makes 375 hp in the Expedition. There was no shortage of torque, as that same engine was used in Ford’s Heavy Duty pickups, with 425 lb.-ft.
With all the ingredients for very poor fuel consumption, such as a huge engine, a poorly aerodynamic body, and a heavy package, it could not homologate more than 4 km / l according to the EPA.
The Excursion sold more than 195,000 units between 1999 and 2005, reaching its best year in 2000 when more than 50,000 people purchased one. Ford quietly discontinued it after selling only 16,283 units in the United States in 2005 and replaced it in 2007 with a more reasonable Expedition EL (named Max in the USA car purchase offer).
The 2019 Expedition Max is 12cm shorter, with 5.636mm overall, and can be considered its spiritual successor. Even with smaller dimensions, it is almost as wide, because it makes better use of the spaces for passengers and luggage.
Also, the extensive use of aluminum and attention to aerodynamics, coupled with a modern V6 Biturbo engine makes it much more efficient. Still, there are people in America asking Ford to rebuild it and spending up to $ 100,000 to adapt the SUV body to the Ford F-250 Super Duty and have a modern Excursion.
Thinking that fuel is now cheap again (at least in our neighboring country to the north) and the craze of SUVs continues to grow, a theoretical return does not sound so far-fetched. Now, it would have to be around twenty feet long to get far enough away from the Expedition, but thanks to new powertrain technologies and the use of aluminum it would be more fuel-efficient.
Anyway, we remember Ford’s monstrous SUV that precisely because it was such an unlikely vehicle, it became a car much loved by its owners. You can currently find a pre-owned Ford Excursion for sale for just 100,000 pesos at allcarphotos.net.