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
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.
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.
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 2x4 boards across the span to provide tiered storage
of materials – including the ubiquitous 4x8 sheets of plywood.
The outer SMC shell is painted body color and accented with tie-down
anchors, emphasizing the Sport Trac’s functional design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Under the Hood: Standard 4.0-liter V6 and 5-speed automatic transmission;
available 4.6-liter V8 and class-exclusive 6-speed automatic.
4.0-liter V6 is rated at 210 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 254 pound-feet
of torque at 3,700 rpm. The torque curve is designed to be relatively
flat across the entire engine range and to provide strong performance
at nearly any engine speed.
engine calibrations and improved emissions controls cut NOx emissions
by 74 percent – from 14.2 to 3.6 pounds per 15,000 miles –
without sacrificing horsepower, torque, or fuel economy. In fact,
fuel economy is expected to match the previous model, even though
the 2007 Sport Trac is more than five inches longer – and
almost two inches wider – than before.
V6, equipped with a standard five-speed automatic, delivers a maximum
5,310 pounds of towing capacity, and 1,450 pounds of payload.
additional capability, the 2007 Sport Trac owners can now opt for
an available V8. The 4.6-liter, three-valve V8 delivers 292 horsepower
– the most horsepower in its class.
new V8 is paired with a class-exclusive six-speed automatic transmission.
The 6F transmission’s six gears and a wide 6.04:1 gear-ratio
span enable the engine to spend more time in the optimum powerband
– either at peak power for acceleration or at peak efficiency
for more fuel economy.
4.6-liter V8 and 6R transmission deliver a maximum 6,800 pounds
of towing capacity, and 1,390 pounds of payload. In addition, the
combination is expected to deliver more than 20 miles per gallon
on the highway, matching the economy of the competitor’s less-powerful
V6 engines. The V8 meets federal Tier II Bin 5 standards, which
is compliant with California’s Low Emissions Vehicle II (LEV
engine can be equipped with the Sport Trac’s advanced Control
Trac® four-wheel-drive system. Unlike less-sophisticated systems,
Control Trac® automatically transfers torque to the front wheels
as needed, to maintain maximum traction at all times. This increases
safety and security without compromising fuel economy or NVH. In
addition, the Control Trac system features a torque-multiplying
gear set (4x4 Low) in the transfer case for off-road applications
that require extra power including deep sand, steep grades, and
towing a boat trailer out of water.
Underneath: All-new chassis features a tube-through-tube frame inspired
by F-150, new IRS shared with Explorer
and refinement start with the foundation of any vehicle: the chassis.
Sport Trac adopts the F-150’s tube-through-tube frame design,
where the cross beams pass through the frame rails. The result delivers
a dramatic 444 percent increase in stiffness compared with the previous
Sport Trac’s traditional frame for improved handling and decreased
squeaks and rattles.
new Sport Trac frame is shared with the 2006 Explorer, with a few
The wheelbase is stretched 16.8 inches
A unique hanger is installed to accommodate the Sport Trac’s
A spare tire carrier is integrated into the rear assembly
The integrated tow bar is modified to accommodate the Sport Trac’s
capitalize on the stiffer frame, engineers developed all-new front
and rear suspensions for the 2007 Sport Trac. The front suspension
features a short- and long-arm design with coil-over shocks. New
monotube shocks are tuned for softer damping of harsh impacts –
such as potholes and expansion joints – while providing exemplary
body control over larger road undulations and while cornering.
the first time, the Sport Trac features an independent rear suspension
with a patent-pending, trailing blade design. The Sport Trac’s
rear coil-over springs, monotube shocks, and a stabilizer bar have
slightly stiffer rates than those of the 2006 Explorer, to adjust
for the longer wheelbase and change in weight distribution.
offers significantly better handling over both smooth and rough
surfaces as each wheel reacts independently to bumps in the road,
moving up and rearward simultaneously to absorb the bumps and reduce
impact harshness. In addition, IRS drastically reduces rear-end
skate, which is the lateral movement that occurs when a vehicle
with a solid rear axle travels over sharp bumps or washboard/corrugated
four-wheel disc brakes are standard, as is the four-wheel, four-channel
anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution.
The package creates a balanced chassis with ride and handling that
is unrivaled in its segment.