As FoMoCo kills the unibody Explorer and changes over to a car-based platform, the Dearborn automaker will also be killing the Explorer Sport Trac, which is a half-SUV, half-pickup.
After being on sale for a full decade, the Explorer Sport Trac will disappear along with the current Explorer SUV and FoMoCo will send buyers of the model to the F-150 pickup, said Frank Davis, executive director for Ford’s North American product program. He said that the model was a niche vehicle anyway, so we’re guessing not many were sold.
The new 2011 Ford Explorer will go on sale later this winter with prices starting at $28,190.
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Ford Explorer comes from a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine making 290-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission or the optional 6-speed SelectShift automatic. Ford will also offer an 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Also mated to a 6-speed automatic, the EcoBoost Explorer is expected to deliver a 30 percent increase in fuel-economy. The 2011 Explorer will hit dealerships with three trim levels including base, XLT and Limited. Prices start at $28,190.
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– By: Omar Rana