Ford Explorer Sport Trac
- See also Ford Explorer for the SUV on which the Sport Trac is based
|1st-gen Ford Explorer Sport Trac|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Assembly||Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Class||Mid-size pickup truck|
|Body style(s)||4-door pickup truck|
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac|
|Engine(s)||4.0 L Cologne V6|
|Transmission(s)||5-speed M5OD manual|
5-speed 5R55E automatic
|Wheelbase||125.9 in (3198 mm)|
|Length||205.9 in (5230 mm)|
|Width||71.8 in (1824 mm)|
|Height||70.5 in (1791 mm)|
70.4 in (1788 mm) (2003 4WD)
70.1 in (1781 mm) (2001-02)
|Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT|
|Engine(s)||4.0 L Cologne V6|
4.6 L 24-valve Modular V8
|Transmission(s)||5-speed 5R55E automatic|
6-speed 6R automatic
|Wheelbase||130.5 in (3315 mm)|
|Length||210.2 in (5339 mm)|
|Width||73.7 in (1872 mm)|
|Height||2009-: 71.6 in (1819 mm)|
2007-08: 72.5 in (1842 mm)
|Fuel capacity||22.5 US gal (18.7 imp gal; 85 L) |
The Ford Sport Trac is a mid-size sport utility vehicle with a pickup truck bed sold mostly in North America. The Sport Trac is based on the Ford Explorer SUV and has been built by the Ford Motor Company since 2000. This pickup truck slots between the Ford Ranger and Ford F-Series in size, capability, and price. It competes with crew-cab mid-size pickups and crossovers, such as the Honda Ridgeline, and is a smaller competitor to the Chevrolet Avalanche. During the first year it sold in the US, the waiting list grew to over 3 months. It is also the first body-on-frame sport utility truck.
First generation (2001-2005)
The Explorer Sport Trac was introduced in 2000 as a 2001 model. It was built on a lengthened Explorer chassis, but with a small pickup bed behind the four normal SUV doors. To make up for the short box, a bed extender was available. The bed was made entirely of a plastic composite material, and a hard plastic tonneau cover was a common factory option. The pickup had a more rugged-appearing front end, which the 2-door Explorer Sport also received. For the 2003 model year, the "Explorer" badging was removed from the doors. The rugged look carried to the interior, where the only floor option was a full rubber covering. Carpet was not available. Instead of the usual sliding rear window found on most pickups, the Sport Trac had a power "Breezeway" window. The 4.0 L Cologne V6 producing 210 hp (157 kW) was the only engine option. This generation Sport Trac remained in production through June 2005, when the final 2005 model year vehicle rolled off the line.
Second generation (2007-present)
A new Sport Trac was released in early 2006 for the 2007 model year. It was based on the new, larger fourth generation Explorer. Unlike its predecessor, it features the 4.6 L 24-valve Modular V8 engine as an option. The second generation Sport Trac features an all-new reinforced frame and four-wheel independent suspension, compared to the first generation. To improve safety over previous models, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control has been added as standard features. The Sport Trac is currently available in only two trim levels (as opposed to the Explorer's four). There is no base model and no moderate luxury model, like with the Explorer. There is a mid-class model, the XLT, and a high-luxury model called the Limited. Both Limi and XLT are available on Explorer. Additional options include the SYNC system in a new 2008 package.
A special SVT version called the Sport Trac Adrenalin was planned for the 2007 model year, but was canceled. However, the Adrenalin sub-model returned for 2008 as a sportier version of the Sport Trac featuring a black-out grille and trim.
- "Demands Met: Ford says V8, cab room are key Sport Trac changes". AutoWeek. http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060410/FREE/60409005/1024/LATESTNEWS. Retrieved on April 10, 2006.
Ford Motor Company light truck timeline, North American market, 1980s–present
|Mid-size Pickup||Explorer Sport Trac||Explorer Sport Trac|
|Super Duty||Super Duty||Super Duty|
|Compact / Mini SUV||Bronco II||Explorer & Sport||Escape|