(from Ford Press
Release) The Ford Explorer Sport Trac concept delivers
more of everything that helped the original sport utility truck
launch one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.
With a wider and longer stance and improved power, this concept
offers even more versatility and flexibility than today’s Explorer
Sport Trac. It also comes equipped with Ford’s exclusive Roll
Stability Control™ – the only roll-motion and roll-rate sensing
technology available on the market today.
Ford invented the sport utility truck in 2001, bringing to market
the Explorer Sport Trac – the first sport utility vehicle with the
versatility of four full doors, a roomy feature-filled interior and
a pickup truck’s cargo box.
"With the addition of a number of new competitive offerings, the
sport utility truck segment is red hot, and it’s time for the
original to raise the bar again for everyone else to try to follow,"
said Chris Feuell, Ford Motor Company SUV group marketing manager.
"This concept magnifies all of the aspects of Sport Trac that
customers already love and introduces some street- savvy cues."
Versatility is central to Explorer Sport Trac’s sales success.
Today’s Explorer Sport Trac is the only vehicle in its segment to
offer a durable color-coordinated cargo box and an available
swing-over tubular bed extender that dramatically increases its
capability to haul oversized cargo. The Explorer Sport Trac
concept’s interior is larger and the cargo bed is about 30 percent
bigger than today’s model for increased cargo capacity.
The Explorer Sport Trac concept takes the vehicle to a new level –
lower than ever for a mean, street look. Riding on massive 21-inch,
10-spoke aluminum wheels with a gunmetal finish and custom Goodyear
tires, the Explorer Sport Trac concept delivers an improved ride
thanks to a new independent rear suspension.
Exterior: Street Rod Style
The Explorer Sport Trac
concept’s smooth appearance is achieved by simple lines, excellent
proportions and clean body panels. The exterior color is off-white
Moonlight with a theme of polished aluminum accents found on the
upper and lower grille, fog lamps and exhaust tips. The door handles
have been shaved off, adding to the sleek look of this street rod
machine. To get in, you simply press unlock on the key fob and the
doors automatically open.
"We wanted the Explorer Sport Trac concept to turn heads and to give
it ‘street cred’," said J Mays, group vice president, Global Design.
"This concept is as at home in an urban environment as it is hauling
surf boards to the beach. Versatility is – and will continue to be –
what Sport Trac is all about."
The Explorer Sport Trac concept is nearly 5 inches longer, 2 inches
wider, and sits 2 inches lower than today’s current Sport Trac
model. Two side scoops located just in front of the A-pillar and two
hood scoops give this concept a performance look. In the rear, sleek
wraparound taillamps make a distinctive statement.
The Explorer Sport Trac
concept’s interior also is a tribute to the street rod look and
feel. With two rows of seating, the environment is simple, yet
modern. It features four bucket captain’s chairs separated by a
front and rear center console with an abundance of storage.
The interior color theme is two-tone – Light Ice blue and Midnight
navy. The Light Ice leather seats have navy embossed mesh on the
seat backs and inserts and are trimmed in contrast navy stitching.
This color palette also is continued throughout the cabin accenting
the steering wheel, front and rear center console, headliner, door
trim panels, shifter and instrument panel.
The truck’s primary gauges are contained within a singe oval
instrument binnacle. The speedometer is prominently displayed next
to the tachometer. Audio and climate controls are presented in the
center of the instrument panel, just ahead of the floor-mounted
shifter. Polished aluminum accents the air vents, instrument
binnacle and shifter.
Built for Cruisin’
The Explorer Sport Trac
concept is powered by a fuel-efficient, performance tuned 4.6-liter
Independent rear suspension (IRS) delivers another performance
enhancement on the Explorer Sport Trac concept – the first IRS
application for the Sport Trac series. IRS offers significantly
better handling over both smooth and rough surfaces. It absorbs
bumps in the road and reduces impact harshness, resulting in
improved ride quality.
Emphasis on Safety: Roll Stability
The Sport Trac concept
is equipped with Ford’s exclusive Roll Stability Control™
technology, which adds another dimension of sensing to conventional
electronic stability control systems. Roll Stability Control™ will
be included on more than half a million Ford Motor Company SUVs by
the end of 2005. Unlike any other system in the world, it features
roll-rate sensing and correcting capability, offering assistance to
the driver in maintaining vehicle control during extreme maneuvers.
If the system detects the possibility of a rollover, within
milliseconds, it automatically engages counter measures to help the
driver maintain maximum control and further reduce the risk of
Ford’s exclusive Roll Stability Control technology features a
micro-machined gyroscopic sensor that determines the vehicle’s body
roll angle and roll rate. This information, along with
Ford-developed algorithms embedded in advanced software, is used
with other vehicle sensors’ inertial information on yaw rate,
lateral and longitudinal accelerations to monitor the vehicle’s roll
stability condition approximately 150 times per second.
Ford Motor Company has more than 80 patents and patent applications
pending worldwide for its industry-leading Roll Stability Control
system. The Ford-developed Roll Stability Control system debuted on
the 2003 Volvo XC90 and the company expanded it to Lincoln SUVs for
the 2004 model year. Ford is underscoring its commitment to safety
leadership by offering Roll Stability Control along with the
AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control system on Ford Explorer,
Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Aviator, Mercury
Mountaineer and Volvo XC90 sport utility vehicles for the 2005 model
year. The company also will extend this breakthrough technology to
its 2006MY Econoline 15-passenger wagon. In addition, Ford will make
this unique technology available to other automakers through