Return of the Ford Excursion, Auto Sellouts and SEMA Truck? [Ask Nathan]

This is a 2016 Hennessey VelociRaptor. It was a concept based on a modern F-250 platform. It would have been epic – if it ever saw production. [Photo: Hennessey]

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In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Will the Ford Excursion return?  
  • You’re automotive sellouts!
  • Is the Ram Rebel Rouser heading to SEMA?

The first question comes from a Ford fan who wants to see the automaker bring back the giant Ford Excursion.

Q: Via Twitter (@NathanAdlen): Ford fan for life! Do you think they will bring us a new Ford Excursion based on the F-250?

Would love to see that new 7.3 gasser in it!

BluOval Drew

A: Great question!

(Photo: Hennessey)

The only rumors we’ve heard seem to be coming from fans who want to see Ford build a new one. Ford has indicated that the current Expedition Max, which is a bit longer than the standard Expedition, is their biggest SUV – and will be for the foreseeable future.

Why people miss the Excursion

The old Excursion pulled a maximum of 11,000 lbs. That’s partially due to the fact it was based on the F-250 platform. It also held up to nine people thanks to an optional three rows of bench seats. No modern SUVs in this class are capable of holding over eight passengers.

Several engines were available including V8s, a V10 and a few diesels during its 2000 – 2005 production run. Ford did build a 2006 model in Mexico, but no new models came after that.

(Photo: Ford)

The new Expedition has maximum towing capacity of 9,300 lbs.

While there’s a group of passionate Excursion fans out there, Ford has shown no interest (so far) in building a new one. Interestingly, there are some who strip down old ones and completely rebuild them into new, modern monsters. There are a few shops out there that rebuild, update and mutate old Excursions – and people are willing to pay in excess of $100,000 for a custom model.


The next question comes from an angry viewer who feels we are selling out after watching a recent tire video.

(Photo: TFLtruck)

Q:  You guys are such sellouts

Look, I saw your Pirelli tire video and is so obvious they paid you for the story! You tell us to buy these tires because they pay you to say so, SELLOUTS!


(Photo: TFLtruck)

A: Sorry you feel that way, but we were being honest.

Pirelli invited us out to test their tires. We got a brief sampling of a few tires and gave you our impressions based on our limited drive-time. We also stated that we need to get real time with the tires (especially the off-road tire) and compare it to other ones.

We were honest about Pirelli flying us out to Nevada and catering to us before. We NEVER told you to buy them, we never would. Now, if they do well after we compare them, sure – we’ll recommend them, but not unless that happens.

Maybe you should watch the video again?


The last question comes from a fan who wants to see our Ram Rebel Rouser at the 2019 SEMA show.

(Photo: TFLtruck)

Q: Via Twitter (@NathanAdlen): Wana see the Ram Rebel Rouser project at SEMA!

You bringing it?

L66 Star


A: Hi!

Heck yes!

We will definitely be bringing the TFLtruck Ram Rebel Rouser project truck. It will be on stage in all its glory at the Shell booth during SEMA. We’ll be there too!

Here’s our SEMA schedule:

Tuesday, November 5th

We will be hanging around the Ram Rebel Rouser truck at the Shell pavilion outside in front of the convention center (Silver Lot, Booth #60003) between 4 – 5 pm.

Wednesday, November 6th

This is our sponsored meet-and-greet! We have a short live event on stage at the Shell Pioneering Performance Experience Live Stage (Silver Lot, Booth #60003) – 11:00am – 11:15am. We will be hanging out in this same area approximately an half-an-hour before and after this 11am event (approximately 10:30am – 12:00pm).

You can read about the details (here).


Speaking of the TFLtruck Ram Rebel Rouser and SEMA…

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