DEARBORN, MI – The new 2006 Ford Explorer arrives in showrooms this month with base manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRPs) averaging about $1,750 lower than the outgoing Explorer model. Base MSRPs for the 2006 Explorer range from $27,175 to $33,160, including destination and de-livery. Prices for comparable 2005 Explorer base models range from $27,810 to $35,630. Major standard equipment on the 2006 Ford Explorer includes:

  • 4.0L two-valve V-6 engine (210 hp, 254 ft-lbs torque) mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission.
  • Independent rear suspension.
  • All-new interior with a contemporary instrument panel, console floor shifter, and new trim and seating designs for improved comfort, appearance and craftsmanship.
  • 60/40 split-folding second row with recline capability.
  • Fold-flat second and third rows (standard on 7 passenger models).
  • Bold new exterior featuring a new grille, fascia, dual-beam headlamps, liftgate, and tail lamps.

    The 2006 Explorer's standard safety technology features include:

  • Seat side impact airbags.
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.
  • New adaptive energy-absorbing steering column.
  • New occupant classification system (passenger).
  • Tire pressure-monitoring system.

    New options for 2006 include 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, a new Navigation system, power fold third-row seat with 50/50 split, leather-trimmed bolster with preferred suede seat inserts on Eddie Bauer models, and a one-touch moonroof. The 2006 Explorer also will be among the first Ford Motor Co. vehicles to feature SIRIUS satellite radio as a factory installed option, available late this year.