About Ford Excursion
The Ford Excursion is a heavy-duty (Class 2), full-size SUV produced by Ford and was the longest and heaviest SUV ever to enter mass production, whose aim was to compete against its counterparts. The car was introduced on September 30, 1999, for the 2000 model year, and a single generation was produced through the 2005 model year, as well as a short 2006 version marketed for Mexico. The Ford Excursion was mostly sold exclusively in Canada and the United States with a limited number of units sold for export. The vehicle was succeeded by the Expedition EL/MAX, followed by its discontinuation in 2005.
For the design of the Ford Excursion, it was shared the platform architecture of the F-250 Super Duty pickup truck, including the chassis parts as well as its dimensions. Other similar parts included the front and most of the rear suspension, along with the steering gear. Later, to solve the problem of overriding in head-on collisions, the brand modified the chassis by adding an under-bumper "blocker beam". For the rear, the developers chose to use a trailer hitch to reduce under-riding in rear-end collisions by smaller vehicles.
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For the engine, the standard edition was a 5.4L Triton V8 and the option was a 6.8L V10 producing 310 hp (231 kW; 314 PS) of power and 425 lb-ft (576 N·m) of torque. A 6.0L V8 was also introduced in 2003. For the body design, the Ford Excursion was inspired by the popular Explorer and was similar to its F-250 Super Duty counterpart. Those similar parts included: the front bodywork, two front doors, and the rear doors. The model also featured a third-row seat as well as the rear cargo area behind the second-row door. Up to 9 passengers are available in the car. The exterior and the interior received changes respectively for 2002 and 2005. A total of two trims were available with the Ford Excursion, known as the XLT and the Limited.