The X gets a huge kick in the pants for 2005 via 4.0 liter V6 packing 250-hp and 270 lb./ft. of torque, mated to either a five-speed auto or, incredibly, a six-speed manual. The SUV keeps with the body-on-frame construction method, but it now uses the F-Alpha platform that underpins the Titan and Armada. Wheelbase has been lengthened to provide more interior room and decrease bouncing in the ride. Side curtain airbags are also new to the vehicle for 2005, as is an optional 300-watt Rockford Fosgate stereo. A multimode transfer car makes the vehicle capable off-road as well as on, and an available electronic stability control system heaps on the safety, should things get interesting while you're driving up a huge dune to go sandboarding.

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