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#1 of 351 2006 Explorer Sport Trac
Dec 08, 2004 (6:58 am)
I heard on another discussion group that Ford will be coming out with a new Sport Trac in the spring of 2006. Does anyone know if this is true or anything about this vehicle? Will it be based on the current Explorer platform? Will it have a mid gate?
Dec 08, 2004 (7:10 am)
Seems about right - this vehicle hasn't undergone a major change since its introduction in 2001, so 5 years on, it should be due for a restyle.
You may not see a lot of activity here til the official announcement, but we'll keep it open and hopefully someone will post as soon as it's official.
#3 of 351 Answering My Own Post
Dec 16, 2004 (8:10 am)
Last weekend on the Autoweek Show on the Speed Channel they had a quick blurb on the new Sport Trac. It will be based on the new Explorer platform and will have IRS. They claim a 30% larger cargo area than the current model. It will premier next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Not sure when it will hit the dealers. It sounds like it will be a direct competitor to the Honda Ridgeline SUT.
#4 of 351 Four Sport Trac Advantages over the Ridgeline
Dec 20, 2004 (4:15 pm)
Hello, my name is Stephen. I plan to buy in spring, and I learned today that the new SportTrac was coming.
The SportTrac will probably have four big advantages over the Ridgeline:
1) Pricing will probably be lower, and even if it is the same, the Fords will be readily available for several hundred dollars over invoice, while the Honda will almost surely sell at sticker price and above;
2)Rear wheel drive or four wheel drive, not a front-heavy front drive which occassionally might direct power to the rear wheels, as in the Ridgeline;
3) The bed will be separate from the passenger compartment,as in the present Sport Tract, so noise from cargo will not be able to transmit to the passenger compartment as readily as in the Ridgeline, which has the bed integrated with the passenger compartment; and,
4) It will have an optional V8 (hopefully the same three valve head, 300HP unit as in the Mustang), for good power and towing ability when needed.
I presently own a 2002 Mountaineer, and am looking for a vehicle which allows me to keep my rattling/sliding cargo separate from the passenger compartment. I have considered several cars, but it seems that my final decision will between the Ridgeline and SportTrac. I finally rejected the Five Hundred and Montego yesterday (big trunk, but several problems) Frustrated, this morning I even briefly considered the Deville/DTS and LS430, but I have come back to my senses - $50,000 to $60,000 for a car is nuts. I would rather buy a new $30,000 car and invest the other $20,000.
I want a car, but need a truck, so a four door car-truck is just what I need, and I wonder how many others here have come to a similar conclusion?
#5 of 351 Re: Four Sport Trac Advantages over the Ridgeline [fsmmcsi]
Dec 21, 2004 (9:13 am)
I have a pickup now, which is very useful. However, I have decided that I can live with a shortened bed in exchange for four doors. I do not want a full sized truck, because I do not need that much capability and driving and parking a big truck is a pain.
Therefore, I am looking at the following crew cabs, in my current order of preference - Frontier, Tacoma, Dakota. I am intrigued by the Ridgeline, as you cannot go wrong buying a Honda, but I am not sure it is enough truck for me, as I have a job that actually takes me off road. The new Sport Trac sounds like it may be a good compromise, and if they offered the 300 hp V8 that would really get my attention.
Jan 12, 2005 (12:19 am)
I just love the one they have been showing on the circuit! That thing is tough and cool at the same time! I hope the production version isn't too dumbed down. Would have bought wife one of the left over 04s, but for the lack of power underhood. Especially when all the competition just got major power bumps. My turn is next, and we want a either a 4 door truck or suv. But can't afford the big boys, so Sport trac is right in line. Z plan will make it so much more attractive than the Ridgeline, too!
#7 of 351 I had given serious consideration
Jan 13, 2005 (3:41 pm)
to buying a 2004/5 Sport Trac, but purchased a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab w/Hemi instead...I had realy hoped that they had upgraded the Trac since it was based on the old Explorer which was based on the Ford Ranger frame...small vehicle, not much in the "pickup area" (quite narrow, only 52" long) and biggest problem was the V6 engine...while the 345 HP Hemi was probably more than I need, along with the huge size of the Ram, the Trac was just too small...I asked the salesman if they were ever going to make the Trac on the current Explorer frame with IRS, 4 wheel disc and, at minimum, the V8 used in current Explorer/Mountaineer models with 239 HP, but he had no idea...this thread may be the news I was looking for...
#8 of 351 2006 Sport Trac
Jan 19, 2005 (2:16 pm)
I just saw the pictures of the 2006 Explorer Sport Trac concept and all i can say is WOW! I'm not usually too big on trucks but this one really looks good. If ford thought they hit the jackpot with the new mustang, i don't think so. It would be awesome if they brought this concept into production. I was wondering, is that how it would look like if they did go ahead and produce it or is that the top of the line model (xls, xlt, limited, etc...) and what's the price on it? Thanks
#9 of 351 Re: 2006 Sport Trac [al4]
Jan 20, 2005 (7:13 am)
I think the one they are showing has been spiffed up. My guess is the actual version will be more conservative. I have not heard a price or a release date.
Jan 20, 2005 (2:16 pm)
IMO, it looks good, and will be less roll happy than the old one, which still sat rather high on the old platform. Looks like a big improvement.