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The 2012 Ford Expedition remains the do-it-all full-size SUV. Tough, functional and refined, the 2012 Ford Expedition features a best-in-class trailer tow rating of up to 9,200 pounds complemented by an array of clever control technologies to help customers tow confidently in just about any condition, on or off road.

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The standard 5.4-liter V8 delivers 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque, capability that works hand in hand with industry- and class-exclusive technology.

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“The 2012 Ford Expedition combines capability with comfort and technology for customers who need what only a full-size SUV can deliver,” said Christy Loiselle, Expedition marketing manager.

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The 5.4-liter V8 is flex-fuel capable, meaning the engine can run on unleaded gasoline, E85 (up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) or any mix of the two.

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With a wider gear ratio, Expedition’s six-speed transmission has smaller steps between gears than a typical four-speed automatic, giving the customer improved shift quality, faster acceleration and improved fuel economy.

Expedition features an independent multilink rear suspension, which allows each rear wheel to react independently to road impacts to provide a smooth, controlled ride. Expedition also offers an available power liftgate. A push of the button on the key fob or inside the cabin conveniently opens or closes the liftgate, allowing easy loading and unloading.

Trailer sway control is standard on every Expedition and works in conjunction with the class-exclusive AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) system to expand Expedition’s dynamic stability control capabilities. This adds an additional layer of confidence and control while towing a trailer.

The AdvanceTrac control module incorporates additional software to monitor the vehicle’s performance while towing. Software measures the yaw motion of the vehicle to determine if the trailer is swaying and then responds to eliminate the sway condition by applying brake pressure to individual wheels, and if necessary, reducing engine power.

The available Control Trac® Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) System helps provide more sure-footed traction by dividing engine torque from front to rear.

Cargo stowage options for Expedition are enhanced by the clever solutions enabled by the second- and third-row seats. The second-row seats are a 40/20/40 split bench with standard CenterSlide® feature that allows the center section to be moved forward almost 11 inches for easier access from the front-row seats. Third-row seats have an available PowerFold® 60/40 split bench by which one or both seatbacks can be lowered flat to the floor with the touch of a button.

Class-exclusive SYNC® is available and provides hands-free access with simple voice commands. Every vehicle with SYNC offers hands-free calling via paired and connected Bluetooth®-enabled phone, hands-free music via USB-connected digital media player and customer support and software updates via SyncMyRide.com for registered owners.

Other available SYNC Services features include Traffic, Directions and Information, which allows customers to receive traffic alerts, turn-by-turn directions and a business search through the radio, hear personalized news, weather, horoscopes, stocks, movie times and sports content, get travel information and send directions directly to the SYNC system. Also available is Vehicle Health Report, which allows customers to receive an online report of vehicle diagnostics, and 911 Assist™, which can connect directly to a 911 operator through the paired mobile phone after an accident in which an airbag deploys.

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Production location
The 2012 Ford Expedition is built at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky.

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