Trac Attack: Ford's Explorer Sport Trac to get concept makeover for Detroit show
Posted Date: 12/2/04
Ford’s Explorer Sport Trac is getting an extreme makeover, and the automaker will show off the results at the 2005 Detroit auto show in January when it debuts a concept version of its quirky, half-truck, half-SUV.
The Sport Trac concept grows both in the interior and in the cargo bed over the existing Explorer Sport Trac, which debuted in 2001. Power is delivered via a tuned version of Ford’s 4.6-liter V8 and it will ride on a version of the company’s newest Explorer platform that rolled out in 2003, with its independent rear suspension setup. It will also be equipped with the automaker’s exclusive Roll Stability Control system. Ford officials have hinted that the concept signals the Sport Trac, once headed for the chopping block, will remain in the lineup.
The concept’s body is dressed up with polished aluminum accents on the upper and lower grille, fog lamps and exhaust tips. Custom Goodyear rubber wraps around the bling-bling, 21-inch ten-spoke aluminum rims. The door handles have been shaved off, leaving them to open with the flip of a key fob. Side and hood air inlets and wraparound taillamps add to the vehicle’s cachet.
“We wanted the Explorer Sport Trac concept to turn heads and to give it ‘street cred’,” said J Mays, Ford’s global design chief. “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 Sport Trac concept is nearly five inches longer, two inches wider and sits two inches lower than the current model, and its cargo bed is about 30 percent bigger. The four bucket captain’s chairs are separated by a front and rear center console, and the interior’s two-tone color palette is present throughout the cabin. The look is finished with polished aluminum touches on the air vents, instrument binnacle and floor-mounted shifter.