So, that will be about 5 months production? Seems like they realize they're pushing too far upmarket and forgetting the customers that want a big no frills Expedition. That may be around the time I'd be thinking about trading and I would go after an 18 if enough incentives.
This is in response to the "upmarket" trend and my experience at the dealership level.
The Market my dealership is in doesn't sell a lot of Expeditions traditionally. The Market here is dominated by the Chevy and GMC models and the Cadillac Escalade to a much smaller extent. As such, our dealership went years where we stocked a "token" Expedition which sat on the lot until it was usually traded to another Dealer. Those units were always loaded Limited models which the Dealer Principal and General Manager wanted us to stock when we chose to do so. Since the Expedition Platinum series became available the store started stocking those which the Dealer Principal would then drive as a demonstrator vehicle. Unfortunately, he'd have to drive it for at least 6+ months so that the dealership had depreciated it so much that we could then sell it to a customer that could afford the reduced "Demo" price.
Our dealership has a 2018 Expedition Platinum scheduled for a BOF member which will be built on 12/01/2017 and expected to arrive at the dealership by Christmas. Just this past week, we did our wholesale allocation meeting with our Ford Zone Manager and the Company offered us allocation for (3) 2018 Expeditions which we agreed to take. During the conversation, I told the Dealer Principal and General Manager that I thought the dealership was making a big mistake and missing potential sales by stocking only Platinum series. Of the 3 Expeditions to be scheduled soon, I suggested only 1 Platinum series and 2 XLT's w/Leather & Navigation. The XLT's w/Leather & Navigation will have MSRP's around $57K which is a much more reasonable step up from a loaded Explorer. I would even consider an XLT w/Cloth for an even lower price point.
Again, just sharing some thoughts and experiences.