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New Ford Ranger Wildtrak

By Toby Hagon, 12 Jun 2015 News

New Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The new Ford Ranger Wildtrak has arrived and Toby Hagon has the first word on the Aussie-tweaked off-road brute, now with more gear, fresh clothes and a chunky pricetag.

Ford’s new Ranger Wildtrak has broken cover, bringing a fresh look and more gear – including an optional technology pack of advanced safety features that could see the price bust $60k.

As with the upcoming facelift for the rest of the Ranger range, the Wildtrak – expected to be priced from close to the current car’s $57,390 ask - gets revised front and rear styling, including new headlights, bumpers and bonnet.

The Ranger continues with 4x2 and 4x4 models, a turbo diesel-only engine lineup (2.2-litre four-cylinder for basic models and 3.2-litre five-cylinder for others), cab-chassis or ute configurations and three body styles – Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab.

There will also be four model grades; XL, XLS, XLT and the Wildtrak flagship.

The Wildtrak – which makes up almost one in 10 Ranger sales - will be exclusively a 4x4 Double Cab with the 3.2-litre engine.

The trademark Wildtrak styling add-ons remain, albeit revised for the upcoming PX MkII that arrives in September. That includes 18-inch alloy wheels, blacked out bumper inserts, side steps and a sports bar.

The orange Ranger hero colour has also been changed slightly to Pride Orange (replacing Chilli Orange); it’s one of five available for the Wildtrak.

Inside, too, the Wildtrak benefits from the new Ranger’s redesigned instrument cluster that includes dual 4.2-inch customisable colour screens on either side of the analogue speedo. There’s also a new dash design with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and Ford’s latest Sync2 operating system.

As with the rest of the Ranger line-up the Wildtrak will get a speed limiter, an LED light to illuminate the tray, tyre pressure monitors and a 230V powerpoint for camp gear or charging on the run. Other Wildtrak features remain, such as the reversing camera, 12V outlet in the bedliner, satellite-navigation, heated front seats and roller shutter over the tray.

Ford will also offer a “Tech Pack Option” on the Wildtrak and its lesser equipped sibling, the Ranger XLT. It brings a suite of active safety features, including lane departure warning, lane keep assist (to provide mild self-steering back into the lane), active cruise control (to maintain a distance to the car in front) and collision alert, which uses the forward radar to monitor traffic and alert the driver if they are at risk of a crash.

There’s also electric steering replacing the hydraulic setup, something that brings incremental fuel savings of about 3-per cent (overall fuel savings are yet to be confirmed).

Speaking of which, the 147kW/470Nm outputs of the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel are unchanged, but work has been done to improve refinement and reduce noise.

The Wildtrak’s six-speed auto, too, has been recalibrated for slight improvements to performance, efficiency and refinement.

And those choosing the six-speed manual – previously clunky in its operation - can look forward to a smoother shift action thanks to a new cable shift system.

The basic mechanical package of the updated Ranger hasn’t changed, with a shift-on-the-fly dual-range transfer case and rugged ladder frame chassis.

The suspension tune will get minor revisions, but the basic architecture remains, with independent coils at the front and a live axle leaf spring setup at the rear.

Off-road credentials are also unchanged. There’s 230mm of ground, 800mm claimed wading depth and an electronic locking rear differential. The 3500kg towing capacity – equal class leading - is unchanged and the Wildtrak still gets a towbar standard.

The Wildtrak has been a huge success for Ford as it chases the sales-dominating Toyota Hilux.

Toyota is expected to add a high grade version of the all-new Hilux, which arrives in September. The yet-to-be-named newcomer is expected to target the Wildtrak but won’t be on sale until 2016 at the earliest.

Mazda offers various add-on packs – the Boss Adventure and Boss Sports – for its BT-50, each of which adds side steps, a bullbar and sports bar.

And Volkswagen’s Amarok Highline – the most expensive dual-cab ute on the market, at $62,990 – is one of the brand’s most popular utes.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak PX MkII

Price: $60,000 (estimated)

On sale: September, 2015

Body: Dual-cab ute

Engine: 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo diesel

Power: 147kW at 3000rpm

Torque: 470Nm at 1500-2750rpm

Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto

Ground clearance: 230mm

Approach/departure/rampover angles: TBA

Wading depth: 800mm

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