Ford Wildtrak-X returns ready for offroad adventures

THE popular Ford Ranger Wildtrak-X is making a return to Ford dealerships early next year, offering a range of stylish design, value features, and interior upgrades over the standard Ranger Wildtrak.

Customers were clearly attracted to the value proposition of the previous Ranger Wildtrak-X, which is now almost sold-out, and it has been a major contributor to the Ranger’s on-going success in the 4×4 pickup segment.

Ford Australia has now secured an extra limited run of Ranger Wildtrak-X models, and for 2021, the special edition model includes upgrades over the standard Wildtrak, gaining a genuine Ford black nudge bar, and lumen 20.5-inch slimline LED light bar.

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It also comes with unique 18-inch black alloy wheels with 35mm offset, wheel arch flares, a unique front grille with Sabre accent ‘nostrils’, and unique rear sail plane. But it doesn’t stop there either.

There’s black side steps, roof rails, box rails, lower front bumper insert, rear bumper, headlamp/fog lamp bezels, mirror caps, and fender features, with door and tailgate handles now all finished in Ebony Black.

The Wildtrak-X also features unique illuminated scuff plates for front doors, with seat materials and accent colours thrown in as well. But it’s not just the new ute model making headways for Ford.

New entrants to the showroom, the Puma and latest generation Escape, are proving popular across Australia, and the addition of the Ford Everest Basecamp and Everest Sport in rear-wheel drive has bolstered the company’s seven-seat offerings.

With the addition of the exciting new Ranger FX4 MAX, plus the return of the XL Tradie 4×4 and updated Wildtrak-X, and introduction of the Ranger XLT Double Cab Chassis and Ranger XLT Fully Loaded, Ford looks set to maintain its 4×4 leadership into 2021.

Like its predecessor, the 2021 Wildtrak-X offers the Ford Ranger customer an aggressive styling package, functionality, and value. Popular Ranger Wildtrak attributes like the power roller shutter and SYNC 3, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

The 8.0-inch full colour infotainment screen incorporates a reversing camera and built-in voice-activated satellite navigation is included as well.

Available with a choice of either the proven 3.2-litre turbo diesel 6-speed automatic, or 2.0-litre bi-turbo, 10-speed turbo diesel powertrains, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak-X is based on the Ranger 4×4 Wildtrak Double Cab Pick-Up.

With 157kW/500Nm, the bi-turbo powertrain was first introduced on the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor and is fitted with the specifically tuned, new-generation 10-speed automatic.

The 10-speed automatic includes a lock-out feature to hold specific gears when towing, giving the Ranger Wildtrak-X a towing capacity of 3,500kg and 943kg payload. In addition, the bi-turbo brings a fuel efficiency figure of 7.4-litres/100km.

In the guise of the proven 3.2-litre, five-cylinder common rail turbo diesel with six-speed automatic, the Wildtrak-X has a payload of 913kg and towing capacity of 3,500kg. Fuel economy is an impressive 8.9-litres/100km, combining strength with efficiency.

Ford’s full driver assist technology suite is standard, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, hill descent control, hill launch assist, and a rear diff lock. Tyre pressure monitoring and active park assist is included.

Most recently, the FordPass Connect embedded modem has been added to the range. This ‘connected car’ technology pairs with the FordPass smartphone app to unlock a range of new connected services and remote vehicle functions.

The Ford Ranger has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating and comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty. The Ford Service Benefits program adds capped price servicing, a service loan car, and Auto Club membership with roadside assistance.

Pricing for the 2021 Ford Wildtrak-X starts at $66,490 (plus on-roads) for the 3.2-litre turbo diesel, while the 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel starts from $67,990 (plus on-roads). For further information, please contact your local Ford dealer.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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