The Ford Expedition lineup gets a new, luxurious trim level for 2020 with the introduction of the King Ranch Edition of the SUV.
The King Ranch is identifiable from the outside from its Elegant Stone Gray color for the grille mesh, portions of the lower front bumper, power-deployable running boards, rear bumper skid plate, trailer hitch cover, roof-rack side rails, and side mirror caps. It rides on 22-inch, six-spoke wheels in a two-tone scheme of machined aluminum and Dark Tarnish details, and they have King-Ranch-branded center caps.
Ford had discontinued the western-themed King Ranch treatment on the Expedition as part of a refresh for 2018, but will offer it again on the standard 2020 Expedition and the extended-wheelbase Expedition Max. The leatherrific King Ranch trim, which is inspired by the Texas ranch of the same name, first debuted on the Expedition in 2005, following its debut on the F-150 pickup in 1999.
The 2020 version includes stone gray paint on the grille mesh, lower bumpers, mirror caps and power-deploying running boards, body-color upper bumpers and 22-inch, six-spoke painted aluminum wheels. It also gets a rear bumper skid plate, trailer hitch cover and the squiggly “Running W” King Ranch badging on the body sides, liftgate and wheel center caps.
The southern comforts are aplenty inside. Del Rio leather upholstery is awash over all three rows of seats and the door panels. The steering wheel, also leather-wrapped, includes stitching, while a Zirocote wood veneer aptly gives off a premium yet humble sense of luxury. The Expedition Platinum is loud and proud; the Expedition King Ranch takes a softer approach to luxury. Of course, the same Running W emblem is emblazoned on each seat in all three rows as well as the center console storage box.
It also features the Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assistance tech suite, a standard feature for 2020 Expedition. It includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. They’re also both powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
Starting price on the 2020 Expedition King Ranch is $74,290, including destination, and $75,330 on the Platinum model, both prices including $1,395 destination fee. Both are available now and are expected to arrive in showrooms by October.