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What will become of the Sport trac?

Discussion in 'Auto Industry News' started by Stic-o, September 23, 2002.

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  1. Stic-o

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    With the sport ex leaveing that leaves the trac by itself on the platform. We all know ford will not do that. I've heard the Ranger will grow to '03 ex size in '05 but will she trac stay the ex? or will they finally make a crew cab ranger? I can't say inless i saw trac sales. The only reason Ford used the ex instead of the ranger 4 a 4 door truck or SUT, is because they sell more ex's
     
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  3. blichy

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    I think the phrase goes something like "buh bye". My guess is that it will be replaced with a crew cab Ranger.
     
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    I had heard that the Ranger redesign may be pushed off until '08. But you're probably right about the Sport Trac being replaced by a Ranger SuperCrew.
     
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    i dont stay up on ford news, but i think the sport trac will be around for a while. i mean, they just came out with it 2 years ago, and its a different story than the excursion - people actually buy the sport trac, heh.

    i really hope they dont get rid of it, the SUV market is really starting to look pretty sh*tty: no 2 doors, only tiny 4 doors or BIG 4 doors, NO enthusiasts special editions or anything, and not many of them are particularly attractive. i mean, im not due for a new truck for a while, but if i had to buy right now, besides the X sport or sport trac, i dont know what id look at it...4 door short bed dodge dakota?
     
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    It is sad that the Explorer is rapidly turning into off roading crap.

    It looks like the Sport trac will be the last of the good old style, and it isn't even a "normal" suv in the regards that it has a truck like box....:(
     
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    I really doubt it. There was talk about getting rid of the Sport and Sport Trac for '04 model year. When they talk about Sport, it pretty much always includes the Sport Trac.

    Don't expect the Ranger re-design to take until '08, unless things get a lot worse (meaning the present Explorer will be solid rear axle on all models, no 3rd row seat, etc. for cost cutting).
     
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    Ford is Stupid!!

    They can't wait till '08 to do the Ranger! There going to lose the #1 compact truck trophy. With chevy coming out with the new Colorado next year to replaceing the
    S-10. The ranger was last redone in as far as cab in '93. The trucks only had 2 cab in it's history. Hell the basic frame is still original. And she needs a V8!
     
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    well IMO
    the SPORT TRAC, shouldn't even be considered an EXPLORER.

    I mean i don't know an explorer that has a bed, it should be a Ranger Sport Trac, but thats just IMO.

    I know they have to keep pace with GMC, but come on, i have never really cared for the sport trac from the first time i saw it....they should keep the sport and ditch the sport trac
     
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    well i saw in my new street trucks today(nov), they have some new concepts for the hybrid suvs. They have a h2 kind of ford and an excursion with a short bed similar to the avalanche. Though I don't know if the sport trac has life left in it or not, but still it hasn't had that great of a run yet. I hope to see them around for a few more years at least.
     
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    Ranger needs an 8
    and i doubt they will wait till 08 to redesign the ranger, thats way to long for the same body style.. expect a change by 05...
    Sport-trac.. it'll be around at least until they redisign the ranger, i would bet they would see how well the ranger does before they kill the sport-trac
     
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    Got my numbers mixed up. It was 2006 not 2008. This was posted on the Sport Trac site:

     
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    AHHH HAAA my guess-timate was right about the the Ranger.... :D :cool:
     
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    It says a reskin for tjhe Blackwood. I thought that vehicle was killed after a couple of months of production....
     
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    they did kill the blackwood...
     
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    That is dated. I wouldn't hold anything to the dates given. Blackwood production is ending, as noted, and there is no Escape-based Lincoln coming out in '03.
     
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    I'm going to move this on over to the News forum.
     
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    The information is recent and was reported by Automotive News in their August 5, 2002 edition (http://www.autonews.com/article.cms?articleId=40172).

    While its true that the Lincoln Blackwood is already dead, don't look for a resigned Ranger until somewhere between the MY2006-2008 depending on Fords' financial strength and Ranger's sales. The Explorer Sport is going away because Ford believes the Escape covers the same market.

    A Ranger 4-dr already exists in non-U.S. markets, but Ford has told me (Oct. 2001) that there were no current plans to bring it to the U.S. market.

    Will the Sport Trac live on under either the Explorer or Ranger badges? Only Ford knows and they are not talking.

    Sport Trac - There is no substitute.
     
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    I hope Ford continues the Sport Trac with the current solid rear axle layout, probably as a Ranger derivative in the future. If they turn it into a minivan like the new Explorers, I may have to change my brand loyalty.
     






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