The Texas-Sized, Texas-Themed Full-Size SUV Debuts With Refined And Rustic Touches

Ford Expedition King Ranch
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Not many people outside of Texas are aware, but the King Ranch is a real place. The massive 825,000 acre expanse of land founded in 1853 is situated between Corpus Christi and Brownsville is actually too big to be a single plot of land, and is quartered apart into “divisions” across multiple Texas counties. Everything is bigger over there, after all. So it makes sense, then, that the latest King Ranch-branded Ford vehicle is its largest SUV on sale today. This is the return of 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Edition, in all of its ranch-rustic refinement, at the 2019 State Fair of Texas.

Ford originally debuted the Expedition King Ranch in 2005, and the F-Series King Ranch in 1999.

The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch sports unique Stone Gray paint on the grille mesh, power-deployable running boards, rear bumper skid plate, trailer hitch cover, roof-rack side rails and side mirror caps. Other exterior highlights include body color-painted upper bumpers and Stone Gray-painted lower bumpers, 22-inch machine-finished aluminum wheels, and King Ranch “Running W” badging inside and out.

Inside is a living room’s worth of saddle brown leather and unique stitch work on each seat back. The second row isn’t exactly economy-class either, with power-folding captain’s chairs and perforated inserts. High-end touches come by way of Del Rio leather on the doors as well as Ziricote wood veneer on the center console.

Additionally, Ford announced some updates for the Expedition Platinum for the 2020 model year, including new 22-inch wheels, more leather on the inside, and a Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pecan-colored stitching. Ford says that one in five Expedition buyers opts for the top-end Platinum model, while about six in 10 choose either a Platinum or a Limited model. These updates will likely play into customer retention and keep things fresh for the Expedition Platinum trim level.

Both the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch and 2020 Expedition Platinum come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assist technology, continuously controlled damping, 360-degree camera with split-view and front and rear washers, power-folding, heated sideview mirrors with turn signal indicators, security approach lamps and auto-dimming driver’s side mirror. Also standard for both trims is FordPass Connect, which offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 mobile devices.

The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch is available on Expedition standard-wheelbase, as well as Expedition MAX extended-wheelbase.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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