The new Ranger Wildtrak, the flagship model in the Ford Ranger line-up, is ready to take on the world with a new array of smart technologies and an even bolder look for one of the world's toughest and most capable trucks. Here’s what our team at Fury Ford Sandton want to share with you.
"The new Wildtrak takes the Ford Ranger to the next level with an aggressive exterior, a premium, sporty, interior as well as the latest Driver Assist Technologies and capabilities that ensure it's up for any adventure," said Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific. "Building on the bolder, smarter and more refined new Ranger, the new Wildtrak is a perfect fit for customers who want to combine genuine 4x4 capability with stand-out styling and premium features."
As with any new Ford Ranger, the new Wildtrak is engineered and built to take on the world. With a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep, and with 230 mm of ground clearance, it can handle the most extreme terrains with ease.
The latest generation of Ford's globally proven 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine powers the new Wildtrak, and enables its impressive capabilities. Putting out 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque for excellent towing performance, the engine features upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system help to improve fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent. It is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, carefully calibrated to maximize performance, refinement and efficiency.
As the flagship of the Ranger nameplate, the new Wildtrak boasts a full array of cutting-edge technology to help drivers stay connected and in control.
SYNC 2, the latest generation of Ford's in-car connectivity system, gives drivers smarter and safer ways to stay connected. Using natural voice commands and an eight-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver's fingertips. For extra convenience, the new Ranger features a 240-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop or tablet computer anywhere, even far away from civilization.
There is also an array of driver assist technologies that help to make your drive more convenient.
Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid work together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds.
Adaptive Cruise Control makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead.
Forward Alert works with Adaptive Cruise Control to give drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes to ensure optimum braking performance.
Front and Rear Park Assist uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds, such as when parking. A rear-view camera gives a clear view behind the vehicle, giving greater confidence when parking and hitching up a trailer.
A robust electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4x4 models to shift on the fly from 4x2 to 4x4 high with a knob on the center console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking, drivers can also engage low-range 4x4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity.
The driving experience is further enhanced by an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel. With EPAS, steering is light and manageable for low-speed maneuvering, such as parking, and precise at higher speeds. By eliminating the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about three percent.
The new Wildtrak will form part of the new Ranger line-up which will be launched in South Africa in the fourth quarter of this year.