With new engines, increased payload capacity, and plenty of high-tech features, the sporty Ford Ranger Wildtrak is poised to be a leader in the ute market
The all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show last week, with a choice of two state-of-the-art common-rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesels and new fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions.
The new, UK-built, 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel delivers peak torque output of 375Nm and power output of 110kW , while a new 3.2-litre 5-cylinder diesel produces 470Nm of torque and power rated at 147kW.
The range-topping Wildtrak features a unique colour split on the front, 18-inch wheels, a roof rack, exclusive badging and graphics.
"Wildtrak's aggressive look and bold new graphics are a perfect fit for those who appreciate a sporty and more expressive image. It will look fantastic transporting the latest quad bike or jet ski for their weekend getaways," chief designer of the all-new Ranger, Craig Metros said.
Inside you'll find a dark, sporty look, with a special hydrographic finish on the centre console, distinctive seat trim, and a claimed 23 storage spaces in the cabin.
Ranger Wildtrak comes with Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and iPod connectivity. Voice control is available over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, air-conditioning and phone. It also offers a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation.
Towing capability is reportedly up to 3350kg, and payload capacity has been increased. Water-wading capability is up to 800mm and a ground clearance of up to 230mm.
Fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank, Ranger is also expected to have one of the longest ranges in its segment.
The new Ranger also features smart Ford technologies such as ESP, Adaptive Automatic Mode, which adapts gear shifts according to driving style, and Grade Control Logic, which automatically downshifts when driving downhill and the brake pedal is depressed. This feature prevents the transmission from changing to a higher gear.
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