New 2007 Explorer Sport Trac, Part I
- 2007 Explorer Sport Trac is an all-new version of the groundbreaking sport-utility truck – an SUV with the cargo box of a truck.
- New, rugged design inspired by the legendary Explorer SUV and F-150 pickup
- Composite cargo box with two-tier storage ability, available hard tonneau cover and three integrated tool and gear bins with drain plugs
- Rugged, comfortable interior features rubber floor covering, available amenities such as leather seats, SIRIUS radio and class-exclusive heated windshield
- New 3-valve V-8 engine option delivering 292 hp and an upgraded V-6 that produces less smog-forming emissions than a Honda Accord Hybrid
- New frame is 444 percent stiffer than the previous model and a new independent rear suspension for refined ride and handling
- Designed to meet all known safety requirements through 2010, offers standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control and adaptive safety features
The 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac combines attributes of the best-selling Ford Explorer and best-selling Ford F-150. The Sport Trac is new from the ground up, including its innovative cargo box with tiered storage and a trio of integrated storage bins, complete with drain plugs.
“Sport Trac is designed for customers who demand the comfort and refinement of a five-passenger SUV as well as a tough and rugged adventure vehicle for hauling everything from mountain bikes to landscaping supplies,” says Steve Lyons, group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “The all-new 2007 Sport Trac delivers all of the multi-functional character of the original, and does it better than ever.”
Everything New Outside: Rugged design inspired by Explorer and F-150
The first thing one notices about the 2007 Sport Trac is its contemporary new look, which blends tough truck exterior cues also found on the new 2006 Explorer and F-150 pickup. The tough and ready appearance is an overt nod to Sport Trac’s truck and SUV siblings, each dominant leaders in their respective class.
From the B-pillar forward, the Sport Trac design is shared with the 2006 Explorer, including the standard chrome-finished grille, powerdome aluminum hood, and pronounced wheel arches. The rear doors are unique, and the C-pillar arch serves as a visual separation between the people space and cargo space.
The 4 ½-foot cargo box is constructed of corrosion-proof sheet molded composite (SMC) with a molded-in black inner liner that resists scratches and is dent-proof. The box is notched, allowing customers to place two 2×4 boards across the span to provide tiered storage of materials – including the ubiquitous 4×8 sheets of plywood. The outer SMC shell is painted body color and accented with tie-down anchors, emphasizing the Sport Trac’s functional design.
Inside the box are three integrated cargo bins designed to maximize cargo-carrying ability and contribute to Sport Trac’s versatility. The bins are recessed into the bed floor, with two six-pack-sized bins in the right and left rear of the box and one large bin that runs the length of the box headboard. The bins are equipped with weather-resistant lids and removable drain plugs for storing wet gear or ice.
An available tubular aluminum cargo cage acts as a cargo divider or can be swung out as a bed extender for extra storage capacity when the tailgate lowered. An optional, locking hard tonneau cover keeps gear secure from the weather and would-be thieves.
Everything New Inside: Rubber floor covering, two-tone leather seating surfaces and class-exclusive heated windshield establish Sport Trac’s rugged, comfortable interior
Sport Trac’s rugged exterior image carries over into the personality of its interior. Sport-designed seat styles and standard Tuflor™ rubber floor covering are designed for tough utility, allowing owners to wash out mud and grime with relative ease. Sport Trac is equipped with Berber-carpeted floor mats, further complementing its rugged image. The interior seats five passengers and benefits from many of the same noise, vibration, and harshness improvements of the 2006 Explorer, making for an exceptionally quiet and comfortable cabin. Two-tone leather seating surfaces are available, as are heated front seats with 10-way power adjustment.
When the weather turns cold, Sport Trac offers the segment’s only heated windshield, using micro-wires embedded in the glass, which helps prevent fogging and speeds up de-icing.
Unique interior door-release handles are another innovation found in the interior, ergonomically designed to the shape of the human hand at rest. Sport Trac features a new console-mounted gear selector designed after that of the F-150 pickup.
The standard audio system features a CD player with MP3 compatibility, and can be upgraded to the available six-disc, in-dash CD player with powered subwoofer. Integrated SIRIUS satellite radio is also available.
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