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The Ford Excursion was a full-size sport utility vehicle produced by the Ford Motor Company between model years 2000 and 2005 (2006 in Mexico). Based on the Super Duty pickup truck platform, it served as Ford's largest SUV in its lineup during the tenure of its production and mainly competed against the smaller Chevrolet Suburban. The Excursion was designed to be classified as a heavy-duty vehicle, as for commercial or rural use, with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 8,500 lb (3,900 kg) , which exempted the vehicle from Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) fuel economy regulations and quoting United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ (EPA) fuel economy estimates [1]. Its position in the Ford SUV lineup was replaced in 2007 by an extended-length version of the Expedition. The last Excursion was produced on September 30, 2005, at Ford's Louisville plant, although the last Excursions were sold as 2006 models for the Mexican market. Production was canceled to focus on Super Duty trucks.

Introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model year, the Excursion was immediately criticized for being too large to fit in most home garages and its poor fuel economy (around 12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)-14 mpg-US (17 L/100 km; 17 mpg-imp) highway, 8 mpg-US (29 L/100 km; 9.6 mpg-imp) city, and 10 mpg-US (24 L/100 km; 12 mpg-imp)-11 mpg-US (21 L/100 km; 13 mpg-imp) combined highway and city) relative to the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, its chief competitors [2]. Shortly before launch, the Sierra Club awarded the Excursion an "Exxon Valdez" award for this reason, in reference to the ill-fated oil tanker. Sales were initially good, but slowed as gasoline prices rose. In 2003, the 7.3 L Powerstroke diesel was replaced with a more powerful, 6.0 L Powerstroke diesel, giving 0 to 60mph times of under 10 seconds with reduced noise levels. Industry insiders expected Ford to stop producing the Excursion, but sales continued through the 2005 model year, for which it received a minor facelift, and production of the Excursion ended in September 2005.

Ford needed to free up capacity at the Louisville plant that produces the Super Duty pickup trucks. A more fuel efficient, extended-length Expedition, named the Expedition EL (Max in Canada and Mexico), has replaced the Excursion in the company's lineup for the 2007 model year.

A 4-speed automatic transmission was standard, a 5-speed automatic introduced in 2003, which also saw the availability of an upmarket Eddie Bauer trim line. The grille was updated for 2005. The 5.4L Modular V8 puts out 255 hp (190 kW) & 350 lb·ft (475 N·m). The 6.8L Modular V10 puts out 310 hp (231 kW) & 425 lb·ft (576 N·m). The 6.0L Powerstroke Diesel puts out 325 hp (242 kW) & 560 lb·ft (759 N·m).

The truck uses code U4 in the 5th and 6th positions of the VIN.

Engines included the following:

5.4 L V8, 255 hp (2000-2005)
6.8 L V10, 310 hp (2000-2005)
7.3 L Diesel V8, 250 hp (2000-2003)
6.0 L Diesel V8, 325 hp (2003-2005)
The Excursion included a unique feature called the "BlockerBeam", which was an under-bumper rollbar-like device that helped stop smaller vehicles from sliding under an Excursion during collisions. The BlockerBeam concept is now widely used in the industry.

Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 2000–2005
Assembly Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Successor Ford Expedition EL/Max
Class Full-size sport utility vehicle
Body style(s) 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 7.3 L Powerstroke V8
5.4 L Triton V8
6.8 L Triton V10
6.0 L PowerStroke V8
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 137.1 in (3482 mm)
Length 226.7 in (5758 mm)
Width 2000-01: 80.0 in (2032 mm)
2002-05: 79.9 in (2029 mm)
Height 2000-01 & 2005 4WD: 80.2 in (2037 mm)
2WD: 77.2 in (1961 mm)
2002-04 4WD: 80.4 in (2042 mm)
Curb weight 7,190 lb (3,260 kg)
Related Ford Super Duty
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