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Ford’s largest utility vehicle, the Expedition, has been given an update for the 2015 model year. The full-size offering will now wear a F-Series 3.5 litre, direct-injected twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 mill, replacing the current 5.4 litre V8.

The turbo unit, which is paired with a six=speed SelectShift automatic transmission, will be the sole powertrain choice for the eight-seater, which is available in standard and extended-wheelbase forms. Aside from the engine change, the third-gen Expedition also gets a series of enhancements. Among the external revisions are a new front end, LED fog lamps, a redesigned rear hatch and new wheel choices.

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New kit on the U324 includes Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, push-button start, electric power-assisted steering as well as SYNC with MyFord Touch, replete with an eight-inch touchscreen.

There’s also continuously controlled suspension damping, which makes the Expedition the only Blue Oval-branded vehicle in the US with three selectable drive modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport). The 2015 Expedition also sees the introduction of a new high-trim Platinum trim package, which joins the XLT and Limited variant range. A new King Ranch edition will come about in due course.