It used to be the largest SUV. Well, it is still something biggest we saw in this segment. The Ford Excursion was a truck-based model that found inspiration in the heavy-duty segment. Yes, F-250 was underpinning its concept. Now, after 15 years, we could see it back.
Rumors about the return are warming up and there are a couple of reasons why we believe it could happen. First of all, the SUV class is expanding in all directions. New models are always welcome. On the other hand, no other carmaker ever produced such a big rig.
Furthermore, Ford brought new versions of the F-250 and F-350 trucks (Super Duty lineup). The body-on-frame platform could be used as the new architecture of the Ford Excursion. This time, it would be a lighter and more efficient SUV. On the other hand, it can keep high performance.
Finally, there is a new engine in the house. Ford recently launched a 7.3-liter V8 unit. This petrol powerplant joined the Super Duty lineup. It is easy to say that Excursion is getting the new drivetrain if (when) it comes back. The bigger question is – what kind of a diesel powertrain it is going to use?
The situation in the market is bright for the Ford Excursion. First of all, there is no competition. A couple of other truck-based body-on-frame SUVs are already available, but none of them is close to the size of Ford’s champion. Well, the GM is updating its platform for big rigs and soon its SUVs are going to use independent rear suspension. However, when the size matters, Excursion doesn’t have to worry.
Availability of the platform and a new powerplant would make development easier to engineers. On the other hand, they will need to make a lot of tests before the Excursion gets into production. There are no spy images of prototypes, so it seems the SUV is not coming back so soon. Still, it wouldn’t be the first time Ford surprises us.
We don’t know if the market needs a heavy-duty SUV. Some buyers are definitely interested, but the best-selling class is compact. What’s more, a delay in Bronco’s premiere could affect all other debuts. Since the iconic model is coming as 2021 YM, the chances to see Excursion in the same season are unlikely.
2021 Ford Excursion – Pros and Cons
As the biggest model in the family, the Ford Excursion would raise the performance to another level. The new engine is not improving the power output radically. However, the availability of diesel engines is making things different. The spacious vehicle is going to offer three rows of seats and there will be more space than in the Expedition (or any other model in the same class).
On the other hand, the stumbling block is the cost of the new model and everything it brings. The initial price will be above the current biggest model, Expedition. That means we can expect Excursion above $55,000. Then, the huge engine will consume a lot of fuel. Finally, there are costs of maintenance and special parts when it comes to replacements and services.
Ford Excursion Powertrains
Let’s analyze possible drivetrain options for the 2021 Ford Excursion. The Blue Oval company has a different approach in the full-size SUV segment. While most other carmakers are using a large V8 unit, its Expedition comes with a twin-turbo V6 engine. It is capable to produce 450 hp and 510 lb-ft, which is above the level of its rivals. Still, we cannot see the Excursion using the same powerplant since the performance of its smaller sibling can’t match outputs of V8 mills.
As said, the most likely outcome is to see the new model with a 7.3-liter V8 powertrain. It was a surprise when the company announced this unit. It replaces a 6.8-liter displacement, but it is not a V10. The engine is not going to increase towing capacity radically, but the efficiency will receive a huge boost. The unit is capable to produce 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. Other details are not easy to predict since the release date of the new SUV is still unavailable.
It is certain that Ford Excursion is getting a diesel engine. Experts predicted the Powerstroke unit for its smaller brother, but the Blue Oval company is not going to deliver a turbodiesel for the full-size SUV. Well, the truck-based model will definitely get one. However, we still don’t know if it will be a smaller 3.0-liter V6, or Ford is going with a huge 6.7-liter powertrain.
The first one seems to be a more likely option with 250 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The other one comes with monstrous 1000 lb-ft, which is the torque you need for some serious hauling. The Excursion will still be a family vehicle in the first place.