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I like the new rear tailights but I'm not digging the new front end though.
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wonder if they up the hp from that lowly 210
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It's a logical restyle. The front will look like a baby Expedition. The rear, with the Expo's clean lines.
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I am betting it will get a power boost somewhere around 280ish using the 4.6L 3V.
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Originally Posted by Maximized
I am betting it will get a power boost somewhere around 280ish using the 4.6L 3V.

POwer will be from the 4.6L used in the Mustang GT. It's detuned by 8HP. So total is 292HP.
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Spy Shots: '06 Ford Explorer - - By TCC Team - - Source: The Car Connection

Earlier this year, we showed you the first spy shots of the upcoming 2006 Ford Explorer. Now, a Michigan reader has spotted the '06 Explorer on the street - and we have the pictures.

Ford's current model Ford Explorer four-door SUV was completely redesigned for the 2002 model year. Now these latest photos of a prototype under test show that Ford is developing an update to the Explorer with new styling front and rear.

While most of the sheetmetal stays unchanged, there is a new front-end design, which can be seen somewhat through the disguise front cover. The new headlight design replaces the old square look with the now-fashionable design of overlapping round lights. The updated grille has a simpler design, replacing the many small square boxes with a lesser number of larger, rectangular openings. The lower bumper is also restyled, with a wide horizontal slot for air entry that is not as tall as the air opening on the previous design. Also note that the truck does not have any plastic side cladding, as was used on most (but not all) current-model Explorers.

The freshened Explorer will likely be introduced in mid-2005 as a 2006 model.



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i like the headlights...hate the grill...it looks like a buff freestyle...
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Looks like someone cribbed an Audi grille...
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Exploring its Options: 2006 Ford Explorer gets new face and an optional Mustang V8 - - By BOB GRITZINGER - - Source: Autoweek

When you see this new face on the 2006 Ford Explorer this fall, remember to look behind the grille for what’s really important: a new, higher-output 4.6-liter V8. Like its Mercury Mountaineer sibling that debuted at the Chicago auto show in February, the new-look Explorer gets an optional V8 lifted directly from the 2005 Mustang.

Variable valve timing and three valves per cylinder boost the 4.6-liter’s output to 292 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, up from 239 hp and 282 lb-ft in the two-valve V8 it replaces. The V8 Explorer also gets a new six-speed automatic transmission.

For those who don’t like change, the base Explorer will still come with the same 4.0-liter, 210-hp, 254-lb-ft V6 and five-speed automatic.



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I was expecting a little more torque. Say 320 pounds.
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Ford spent big bucks to give updated '06 Explorer stiffer frame, more features - - By RICHARD TRUETT | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Ford Motor Co. spent big bucks redoing the 2006 Ford Explorer, but officials say the vehicle probably never will be the cash cow it once was because of the crowded market and its effect on SUV prices.

"We've been making less money for a while" on the Explorer, said Ford Division President Darryl Hazel. "We don't expect to make even … less, but as we keep working at things, it's always inevitable."

The 2006 Explorer arrives in dealerships in about a month, with new standard features and with prices for comparably equipped models that average about $1,750 less across the model range.

The basics: The 2006 Explorer gets its second new frame in four years. The new one shares some features with the F-150 pickup. To increase stiffness and rigidity, the Explorer frame has cross-members that run through the frame rails. Judy Curran, Explorer chief engineer, said the frame enables the Explorer to meet safety standards on the books through 2010.

The old frame would have needed substantial upgrades to meet those standards, she said. Because of price pressure from Ford, Tower Automotive Inc., maker of the old frame, refused to bid on the new one. Cosma, a business unit of Magna International, makes the new frame, but Curran would not say if Ford is paying more for it.

The new frame, which Ford says is 63 percent more resistant to twisting and 55 percent more resistant to bending when compared with the previous frame, is the centerpiece of the 2006 model. It has enabled the engineers to tune the Explorer's four-wheel independent suspension system for a smooth and quiet ride on road and off.

Two engines are available. The base model 4.0-liter V-6 is rated at 210 hp and is teamed with a five-speed automatic transmission. Ford says the V-6 produces 74 percent less smog-forming emissions than the 2005 model and runs as cleanly as the Escape Hybrid. The optional 4.6-liter V-8 has three valves per cylinder, is rated at 292 hp and is pretty much the same as the engine in the Mustang GT. That engine is bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission, a first for the Explorer.

The starting price of $27,175, including shipping, means many buyers will spend $30,000 before they get out the door. And that's for a V-6 model.

Notable features: With the Explorer tire recall still in Ford's rearview mirror, safety has been given a high priority in the 2006 model. Ford says the Explorer's 10 standard safety systems are the most in its class. All models come with a tire pressure monitoring system, stability control, a new energy-absorbing steering column and an occupant classification system that senses the size and position of the person in the seat and tailors the airbag deployment for that occupant.

Ford's interior decorators also took cues from the F-150 for the instrument panel and console-mounted shifter. The 2006 model features a luxurious look, with some models sporting faux wood trim and a chrome trimmed instrument panel. A power third-row folding seat is optional.

What Ford says: "It is still the best selling SUV, and we expect it to continue to be that way," says Hazel. "Certainly the competition continues to increase, and we will just see what happens. You can look at the sales rate for the first six months of the year or the last six months, and I think the last six months will be quite a bit better."

Compromises and shortcomings: The new instrument panel is nicely designed and conveys class, but that effort is marred some by the plastic panels. The door handles are low on the inside of the front doors, which makes it awkward to close the doors.

Nuts and bolts: The 2006 Explorer is technically excellent. The V-8 engine delivers better fuel economy than last year's model. It makes a lovely muted hum under full acceleration. The transmission goes about its business without fuss.

Ford won't give volume projections. But Explorer sales, down about 18 percent this year, are being hurt by tough competition, the move to car-based crossovers and high gasoline prices.

The skinny: The styling changes are minor, and that could be trouble in a market that seems to get excited by bold new designs. But Ford has sold 5.4 million Explorers since the vehicle's 1991 debut, and fans of the old model will love the new one.
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The interior seems real nice.
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Doesn't matter how nice it is - it's still a gas guzzling SUV that many people don't need. Of course when one is in the Ford showroom, the alternatives are not great.
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Originally Posted by biker
Doesn't matter how nice it is - it's still a gas guzzling SUV that many people don't need. Of course when one is in the Ford showroom, the alternatives are not great.

What's the difference between a gas guzzling SUV and a gas guzzling high performance car that most people don't need?
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Ford is kicking GM's butt in the interior dept. The Lincoln Navigator/Aviator, Ford F-150 Lariat edition, and now the new Explorer all look better than new GM interiors.
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Originally Posted by phile
Ford is kicking GM's butt in the interior dept. The Lincoln Navigator/Aviator, Ford F-150 Lariat edition, and now the new Explorer all look better than new GM interiors.

From what I hear...the GM SUV interiors coming out for 06'/07' (i.e. Tahoe, Denali and Escalade) are supposed about as good as it gets. Guess only time will tell....
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Originally Posted by Beltfed
What's the difference between a gas guzzling SUV and a gas guzzling high performance car that most people don't need?
High performance car looks better and is funner to drive

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Originally Posted by phile
Ford is kicking GM's butt in the interior dept. .
No doubt about that at all.
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Originally Posted by bgsm1th
From what I hear...the GM SUV interiors coming out for 06'/07' (i.e. Tahoe, Denali and Escalade) are supposed about as good as it gets. Guess only time will tell....
For some reason, I am still skeptical.
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Originally Posted by Beltfed
What's the difference between a gas guzzling SUV and a gas guzzling high performance car that most people don't need?
Most people with larger cars dont know how to drive them. Dont know where their wheels are......i cant tell you how many people with trucks and SUVs I see constantly driving to one side of the road OVER the line...cause they dont know where their car is.

stupid silly shit like. plus you can see around performance cars better cause they are smaller

just a couple pros vs cons.
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What's the difference between a gas guzzling SUV and a gas guzzling high performance car that most people don't need?
High performance cars:
- don't blind you when they drive behind you at night
- you can see traffic ahead through them better
- they're more crash-compatible with your car, so they're less likely to kill you
- they guzzle a bit less gas actually since they're lighter
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tsk tsk tsk... Looks like Ford will just keep diggin themselves deeper and deeper into a hole...
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Originally Posted by Belzebutt
High performance cars:
- don't blind you when they drive behind you at night
- you can see traffic ahead through them better
- they're more crash-compatible with your car, so they're less likely to kill you
- they guzzle a bit less gas actually since they're lighter
Last time I checked, most fatal car accidents are caused by passenger vehicles.

High performance cars cause for people to drive faster and less safe than other vehicles.

And since when did the Explorer become a huge vehicle?

They are not that big.
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tsk tsk tsk... Looks like Ford will just keep diggin themselves deeper and deeper into a hole...
Why? Because they've updated one of thir most well respected and iconic vehicles when it's time? It's not like they've just introduced a new gas guzzler. They've just reskinned they're bread and butter SUV. What's wrong with that?
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Ford has teamed with Ironman to create the Ford Explorer Ironman Edition. The limited edition embodies the true spirit of Ironman and the athletes who participate.


The 2007 Ford Explorer Ironman Edition was introduced Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene during the Fig Newtons welcome dinner.

The 2007 Ford Explorer Ironman Edition will include:

Exterior:
Black body side cladding with rivet design wheel lip moldings
Unique 18” machined aluminum wheel with painted pockets
P235/65Rx18 A/S OWL Tires
Unique black grille
Unique front fascia with Ironman logo
Black roof rack with black crossbars
Headlamps with black-out treatment
Fog lamps: amber tinted lens

Interior:
Unique black/ stone 10-way leather heated seats
Silver center stack bezel
All weather rubber floormats with Ironman Logo
Leather wrapped steering wheel

Available Exterior Colors:
One unique color – Orange Frost
Additional colors: Oxford White, Ebony, Redfire and Silver Birch

Click here to see more about the new Ford Explorer Ironman Edition (video link). http://boss.streamos.com/wmedi...1.wvx
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Hey Gav, What's an Ironmane
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Hey Gav, What's an Ironmane
Gay porn star?



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Perhaps that is why this SUV looks so
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I think most people regard black cladding as the base el cheapo model. I have no idea why Ford thinks people would pay for it simply by referring to it by an Ironman edition.
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It looks cheaper than their normal model

OOOooo... new ugly painted rims and black plastic, where do I sign up!
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It's amazing how quickly this Explorer's styling became dated.
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Originally Posted by Ashburner


It looks cheaper than their normal model
That's because it is their cheaper model, the Ironman Ed. is built off of the XLT.

There was an Ironman Ed. Vehicross back in the day (came in white).
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Originally Posted by charliemike
It's amazing how quickly this Explorer's styling became dated.

Werd.
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Originally Posted by phile
I think most people regard black cladding as the base el cheapo model. I have no idea why Ford thinks people would pay for it simply by referring to it by an Ironman edition.


should have did aluminum- guess they used it all on the gt's.
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