As the highly successful Ford Explorer continued its reign as America’s best-selling SUV for the eighth consecutive year in the late 1990s, Ford gave the popular SUV a versatile variant.
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac was announced in 1999, three years after Ford’s Adrenalin concept vehicle introduced consumers to the possibilities of an SUV with the added capability of a cargo bed in the rear. The overwhelmingly positive public response to the vehicle led to the SportTrac’s development.
Built on the Explorer platform, Sport Trac gave customers a five-passenger family SUV, available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations, with the ability to separate passengers from cargo needed for work or recreation.
The Sport Trac was introduced at the 1999 North American International Auto Show and debuted during the 2001 model year, with production continuing through the 2010 model year.