Ford is one of the most famous SUV makers in the world. Over the years, Blue Oval company made some iconic SUVs such as Ford Bronco. However, Excursion was one really unique and popular choice as well. The largest SUV ever made could hit the roads once again. The 2020 Ford Excursion will be based on one of the company’s pickup trucks once again.
There is a great buzz around the speculations of a possible return. While mostly known for its size and weight, Excursion was a well-known performer on and off the roads. The 2020 Excursion will again hit the markets with a strong engine. Moreover, diesel powertrain will be in the offer, next to the standard gasoline unit.
The iconic Ford Excursion was both the longest and heaviest SUV that was in production. It lasted from 1999 to 2005. This model was heavily based on the F-250 pickup truck. The same will happen again, but we don’t know which Ford’s pickup will serve as a base this time. During the early 2000s, Excursion was available in three trim levels and a single trim package was in the offer as well. XL was the base trim, but the XLT was a standard trim in retail markets.
The range-topping trim level was a Limited model that came with numerous luxurious features and premium materials. Moreover, an Eddie Bauer trim package was in the offer too. This package was taken from Ford’s F-Series. The same thing should happen again, so don’t expect too many trim levels. One trim will be a base trim, and Ford will add one mid-range trim level, next to the more luxurious trim.
At the beginning of the 2000s, Excursion was a very popular SUV. The sales were growing and everything went according to Ford’s plans. However, the energy crisis began and the sales declined, logically. The biggest problem of Excursion was its fuel economy. While strong performer, the biggest SUV in that time averaged only 12.4 mpg combined. Now, the 2020 Ford Excursion will for sure arrive with a much better fuel economy numbers.
Of course, we could credit Ford’s designers for using more lightweight materials. Or even credit them for astonishing aerodynamics. But the most significant upgrade should be a diesel engine that will deliver much better mileage.
2020 Ford Excursion Diesel
Let’s assume the 2020 Ford Excursion will be based on the current F-250 pickup truck once again. A 6.2-liter V8 engine should be under the hood and it will deliver 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. For example, the current Expedition SUV rides on a 3.5-liter turbo V6 that generates slightly less power. New 10-speed automatic transmission could help with fuel savings and the V6 is significantly smaller drivetrain. However, the diesel variant is the most probable outcome. Of course, don’t expect an engine that will produce over 700 lb-ft of torque.
If you look at the current F-150 model, its engine is producing 250 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The Blue Oval carmaker likes to deploy a PowerStroke engine, so that is the most realistic choice for the upcoming Excursion. Moreover, the 3.0-liter is not as big as the 6.2-liter, so everything makes perfect sense. This engine delivers 25 mpg with the F-150 pickup truck, so we can expect the same amount for the Excursion SUV.
2020 Ford Excursion Price and Release Date
The all-new 2020 Ford Excursion will hit the markets in the first half of 2020. The Expedition SUV will start at around $50,000 so the Excursion will surely cost more. However, we should wait for the official pricing, and you can count that the diesel engine or Limited trim level will cost more.