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Published on June 22nd, 2020 | by Hammer

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Rugged Looks And Go-Anywhere Attitude, Ranger Wildtrak X

For the Australian market, Ford is selling a different version of the Ranger Wildtrak and it is called the Wildtrak X. This Australian version takes into consideration the needs and usage of Australian pickup truck owner who is very outgoing and adventurous. Read on to find out more what added goodies it comes with.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X_front

Wildtrak X: adding the X factor to Ranger

The ‘X’ Factor for Wildtrak X sees a smart combination of functional features that bring not only a unique rugged appeal, but also enhance Ranger’s already strong off-road capability. Immediately giving the Wildtrak X a more aggressive stance, new 18-inch alloy wheels with +35 offset in tough matte black finish show the X’s intent, and match the mud-ready additions to this unique Wildtrak. The look is bolstered by fender flares, finished in black, to emphasise the new alloys and give the Wildtrak X an unmistakable on-road presence.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X_water wading

Upfront, Wildtrak X leads with a black nudge bar, complete with an LED light bar for improved night-time vision, both on-road or to light up a campsite. Also hard to miss is the A-pillar-mounted snorkel, which allows the Ranger Wildtrak X’s powertrain to breathe better on dusty roads, while reducing the risk of water entering the engine compartment so that owners can make the most of the Ranger’s best-in-class 800mm water wading capability.

The dark-finish on all of the Wildtrak X’s details further emphasise the charcoal detailing on Wildtrak, which sees a unique front-end – including grille, lower bumper area and door handles – finished in darker shades to help it stand apart as the premium Ranger model.

Wildtrak X: smart on the inside, too

Inside, the Ranger Wildtrak X takes advantage of the premium features as standard on Ranger. These include leather-appointed seating with Wildtrak orange stitching detailing, which is also used on the steering wheel, gear-lever and handbrake boot.

SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capability is standard1. The 8.0-inch full-colour screen not only hosts a reversing camera, but built-in voice-activated sat-nav. The sat-nav’s ‘breadcrumbs’ feature enables an off-road route to be plotted as it’s traversed by dropping digital ‘breadcrumbs’, enabling a return journey or future revisit.

The Wildtrak X’s keyless entry system allows owners hands-free entry, enabling access to the cabin when hands are full without the need to remove the key from their pocket or baggage.

As well as Smart Keyless Entry with Push-button start, Driver Assist Technology2 on Ranger Wildtrak X includes Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist as well as an electronic rear differential lock. There’s also a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, as well as Active Park Assist – a segment first.

Active Park Assist (APA) reduces stress by enabling semi-automatic parallel parking. The Wildtrak X’s APA uses ultrasonic sensors to scan for parking spaces, and once located, calculates the required trajectory. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Wildtrak X into the parking space.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X_river crossing

Wildtrak X: Power, efficiency, capability

The Ranger Wildtrak X will be available with the latest generation Bi-Turbo, 10-speed turbodiesel, as well as the proven 3.2L turbodiesel 6-speed automatic powertrain.

With 157kW/500Nm, the Bi-Turbo powertrain was first introduced on the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor which was voted as 4×4 Australia’s 2019 4×4 of the Year 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. In addition, the Bi-Turbo brings a fuel efficiency figure of 7.4L/100km4 for a full breadth of capabilities.

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