When Ford introduced the latest generation of the Expedition in 2018, it was a smashing success for the brand, even reaching a point where it became difficult for the automaker to satisfy demand. The success was replicated by its more luxurious sibling, the Lincoln Navigator, but Ford has since managed to keep up with the orders.
Then came the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, an all-new model from Ford’s rival automaker, threatening to steal customers away with its luxurious and more refined features. To this, the Blue Oval has an answer.
In an article published by CarsDirect, a Ford dealership order guide shows that the 2021 Ford Expedition is set to receive a new and less expensive base trim. It will be called the XL.
Prior to the report, the XL was only made available to fleet buyers. However, that no longer seems to be the case as Ford is gearing up to release the Expedition XL to everyone. The new trim will be $3,785 cheaper than last year’s XLT, the base model for the 2020 Expedition lineup, at $50,720, inclusive of the destination charge.
A spokesperson for Ford confirmed the details of the report, saying, “We listen to the customer to determine not only feedback on features but what other factors would keep them coming back. Choice and affordability are consistent elements particularly these days.”
In comparison, Chevrolet’s 2021 Tahoe has a starting price of $50,295. But interested buyers of the Expedition also have the option to upgrade their XL with the new SXT Package for just $970.
This means that for $51,690, customers can get an Expedition XL with the standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission, plus a five-bar chrome/magnetic gray grille, special STX badging, and metallic gray 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels.
Also part of the package is the SYNC3 technology, an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
For customers eyeing higher trim levels, the 2021 Expedition XLT will be available for a retail price of $54,505, while the Limited will get a $2,870 cut from last year’s price.