Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is expanding its Expedition full-size SUV lineup with the new STX Package, which offers seating for five plus the versatility and towing capability of a full-size SUV.
The 2021 Expedition XL STX package starts at $49,995 MSRP and is available to order at Ford dealerships. Overall, SUV sales have been brisk in recent years as people seek out perceived safety offerings from driving a larger and heavier vehicle, tailored seating, added room for cargo, towing capacity, ease of winter driving, and off-road capabilities.
The new Expedition STX package offers all of those attributes: An available Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a 3.73 rear axle, trailer brake and heavy-duty radiator – for best-in-class towing capacity of 9,300 pounds on two-wheel drive models and best-in-class four-wheel towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, according to the automaker.
The standard STX package features an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and manual recline. The second-row 40/20/40 split bench with CenterSlide folds flat for cargo storage of 104.6 cubic feet, enhanced by a cargo management system, cargo protector, and cargo net.
“The Expedition STX is perfect for families who lead an active lifestyle that requires the capability and space of a full-size SUV,” says Devin McParlane, brand manager for Expedition at Ford. “They get all of the content they desire at an attractive price, plus a great appearance.”
On the exterior, the STX Package has a gloss-black five-bar grille and 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels. It also comes with SYNC 3 with an enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, eight-inch LCD capacitive touch screen with swipe capability, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, as well as tri-zone electronic automatic temperature control.
FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability allows Expedition XL STX passengers to keep their devices connected, while four 12-volt outlets, plus two front-row and two second-row smart-charging multimedia USB ports, enable them to keep their electronics charged.
Additional standard features included in the STX package are a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine producing 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque with auto stop-start, active grille shutters, 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, non-limited-slip 3.15 rear axle, a 23.2-gallon fuel tank and a Class IV trailer hitch receiver. Four-wheel drive with ControlTrac eLSD (electronic limited-slip differential) is available.