FORD EXPLORER 2006
Some 4WDs are more like cars than real off-road machines. Others, like the new Ford Explorer, never attempt to hide the fact that they where born in a truck division. And the Ford Motor Co knows how to make trucks.
In North America, the Explorer has been one of the best-selling SUVs for decades. Even though its image copped a battering from the Firestone/roll-over debacle - which involved the earlier models with solid rear axles.
The latest Explorers use an independent rear end, that does wonders for the ride and handling. Although, the trade-off is limited suspension travel and less clearance for those times when you need to tackle rough trails. Not even your local 4WD shop will be able to provide a better 'suspension'. For the rear axles now run through holes in the chassis rails, and this prohibits major modifications that would normally allow the suspension to be raised higher than standard.
However, as (probably) 99 per cent of Explorers never go exploring on really rough trails, the independent rear, with its better dynamics, will appeal to most shoppers in this category. So will the abundance passive and active safety features, including the responsiveness of the new steering system.
The 2006 Explorer is easily identified by its bold, chrome grille. If you drive a vehicle that doesn't perform as well as the new Ford, you better get used to seeing a lot of shiny, bath-tub designs in your rearview mirror!
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SPECS & STATS - Ford Explorer XLT
Under the hood
|Engine Type||4.6L V8 24 Valve || |
|Horsepower||292hp @ 5750 rpm||217 kW @ 5750 rpm|
|Torque||300 ft.lb @ 3950 rpm||414 Nm @ 3950 rpm|
|Fuel Consumption||14 mpg city - 20 mpg hwy ||17L/100 km city - 12L/100 km hwy|
|Front Suspension||Independent short and long arms (SLA) architecture with coil-over shock and stabilizer bar|
|Rear Suspension||Independent trailing blade short/long arm (SLA architecture with coil-over shock and stabilizer bar|
Size me up
|Exterior Height||72.8 in ||1849 mm|
|Exterior Width||73.7 in||1871 mm|
|Overall Length||193.4 in||4912 mm|
|Wheelbase||113.7 in||2887 mm|
|Ground Clearance||8.2 in||208 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||22.5 (gal)||85 (litres) |
Make up - 8 colors
|Dark Blue Pearl||Mineral Grey |
|Oxford White||Dark Stone|
|Pueblo Gold||Silver Birch|
*Options & specifications may vary in different regions