2018 Expedition new pro trailer backup assist towing technology

The New Expedition Makes Towing a Breeze!

2018 Ford Expedition Towing Technologies

As summer approaches, the warmer weather gets more people outdoors and the 2018 Expedition has just the thing for making your excursions easier and less stressful. Not only does it offer a plethora of connectivity features for the best road-trip experience ever, it also provides drivers with best-in-class towing of up to 9,300 pounds and a new class-exclusive towing feature, Pro Trailer Backup Assist™. With all of these features combined, there isn’t an SUV that is better equipped for summer than the 2018 Expedition.

Conventional Towing     Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.)  
Model Axle Ratio GCWR (4X2/4X4) (Lbs.) 4X2 4X4
Expedition 3.15/3.31 12.300 / 12.500 6,000 5,900
Expedition Max 3.73 12.500 / 12.800 6,300 6,000
Optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (Lbs.)
Model Axle Ratio GCWR (4X2/4X4) (Lbs.) 4X2 4X4
Expedition 3.31/3.73 14.900 / 15.200 9,300 9,200
Expedition Max 3.73 15.100 / 15.300 9,000 9,000

Expedition comes standard equipped with Tow/Haul Mode that reduces gear hunting, improves power delivery and uses engine braking to help control vehicle speed when descending hills.  It’s especially useful when towing or hauling heavy loads! You’ll make quick and easy trailer hookups!

Standard tow technology features include the following:

• Four-wire harness and four-pin connector
• Class IV hitch receiver with 6300-lb. capacity
• Heavy-duty flasher
• Smart Trailer Tow Connector
• Trailer Sway Control

Trailer Sway Control

Trailer sway control works in conjunction with AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) to detect trailer sway and reduce it as necessary. Watch the video below to see how this feature works.

Available tow technology features include the following:

• BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with crosstraffic alert and trailer coverage
• Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package with 9200-lb. maximum trailer weight rating
• Integrated trailer brake controller
• Pro Trailer Backup Assist™

2018 Expedition Pro Trailer Backup Assist™

“More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly. That’s why the all-new Expedition offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist to make backing up a trailer as easy as turning a knob.” – Ford Motor Company

The Expedition’s new Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ makes maneuvering a trailer easier by autonomously controlling the vehicle speed and wheels while the driver focuses on where they want the trailer to go. By turning a knob, drivers can dictate which direction they would like the trailer to go and the Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ does the rest. Watch the demonstration video below of an F-150 using the same technology.


This new technology is the first of its kind for the full-size SUV market and aims to reduce time spent backup trailers in order to increase time spent on the water, on the trails or wherever your summer excursions take you.

expedition pro trailer backup assist
expedition rearview camera of pro trailer backup assist
expedition pro trailer backup assist knob

Integrated Trailer Brake Controller

The Integrated Trailer Brake Controller makes braking and slowing down with a trailer attached smooth and effective. When used properly, the trailer brake controller assists trailer braking by powering the trailer’s electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes with a proportional output based on the towing vehicle’s brake pressure. You can adjust the amount of initial trailer brake output by selecting one of three settings through the message center. The video below from Ford demonstrates the technology.


Ford-Tested TBC Compatibility

Brand Series EOH Model Number
Dexter DX E/H 1000 (drum)
E/H 1600 (disc)
BrakeRite EHB 4822500 (drum)
4813100 (disc)
ActiBrake AB-1 AB-1-8 (drum)
AB-1-14 (disc)
AB-1-16 (heavy-duty)
HydraStar HBA HBA10 (drum)
HBA12 (disc)
HBA16 (heavy-duty)
TowBrake HD HD3000

Ford trailer brake controller (TBC) has verified compatibility with trailers (one to four axles) utilizing electrically actuated drum brakes and certain ElectricOver-Hydraulic (EOH) actuated drum or disc brake systems. See the chart for Ford-verified brands and model numbers of TBC-compatible EOH brake systems. There may be other EOH brake systems not shown in the chart. Those systems have not been Ford compatibility-tested with the TBC and are not recommended for use. Ford TBC is not compatible with any trailer equipped with a surge-type brake system.

More Ways the 2018 Expedition is Ready for Road Trips

As well as offering superior SUV capabilities, the 2018 Expedition also keeps occupants well-connected on the go. The SUV features a number of new connectivity technologies that enhance the driving experience.

2018 Expedition Connectivity Features:

  • Wireless Charging
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System
  • SYNC3®
  • SYNC Connect
  • Power Outlets for All Passengers

Reserve the 2018 Ford Expedition Sherwood Park AB

To find out how you can get behind the wheel of the summer-ready 2018 Ford Expedition, contact our team at Sherwood Ford today. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our Ford experts to test drive the new Expedition as soon as it arrives at our Sherwood Park dealership.