The mid-size Ford Ranger has proven as capable and reliable ute and the Thailand-built, Australia-designed model is available in more than 160 markets globally. The Ranger returned to the US for the 2019 model year and comes there with the single engine option and in three trims initially. Ford said also that buyers in the US won’t get the Raptor version until the next generation Ranger probably for the 2022 model year.
The things are better for the buyers outside the States where buyers can get a recently refreshed Ranger in more flavors and in the hardcore Raptor trim. A step below the Raptor in the hierarchy is the Ranger Wildtrak and this model is a refined on-road runner and competent off-road performer. Refreshed for the 2019 model year, this model can be equipped with the Raptor’s bi-turbo diesel engine or the older, five-cylinder turbodiesel. The Wildtrak comes also equipped with the long list of comfort, convenience and safety features.
As for the next 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak, the things will mostly stay at the same place. The brand could introduce new body color options and reorganize some equipment. The price could also see some corrections but no major changes before the next generation for the successful ute.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Powertrains
Thanks to the recent correction on the suspension system, the Ranger Wildtrak is even more competent on-road and the availability of the Raptor-sourced twin-turbo diesel engine makes it more appealing as well.
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak will continue to benefit from the 2019 model year updates and there won’t be significant, mechanical changes until the arrival of the next generation version.
Ford revised the suspension geometry for the recent refresh and that translates to the reduced body roll and sharper steering while the towing and payload capability remained the same. The big news for the Wildtrak and XLT was also the introduction of the 2.0-liter bi-turbos four-cylinder diesel engine from the Ranger Raptor. This engine comes in the combination with the 10-speed automatic transmission and while it is more capable and torquier than the standard 3.2-liter five-cylinder oiler the engine is more economical and refined as well. The unit provides 210 hp at 3750 rpm and peak torque of 500 Nm between 1750 and 2000 rpm.
The buyers will get the Ranger Wildtrak with a 3.2-liter five-pot turbodiesel engine under the hood and the 6-speed automatic transmission by default. This engine can deliver 197 horsepower and peak torque of 470 Nm a 1700-2500 rpm.
The Wildtrak will also ensure 3.5-ton towing capacity and almost 1 ton of things can handle in the cargo bed. The model will also be effective off-road with use of standard four-wheel drive, rear diff lock and hill descent control. Improving the off-road ability are also effective low-range reduction, available low-rpm torque and good electronic traction control unit.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Design
The styling of the 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak will also keep the current form until the next redesign. The model refreshed the look recently and with the tweaks on the front and rear the Wildtrak could just get the new body color options for the new model year.
The Ranger Wildtrak comes with the 18-inch alloy wheels, Monument gray grille and LED fog lights. The front bumper has also unique design and the model also equips the side steps and power tailgate, bed roller shutter and sports bar.
Interior presentation of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak is also good and the model offers plenty of the comfort and convenience features by default. The truck comes with supportive front seats and comfortable rear row.
The interior will get the leather treatment on the seats with contrasting stitching and Wildtrak logo and more leather surfaces will also be on the dash, steering wheels and gear leveler.
The Wildtrak will also provide multi-way power seats, heated front and rear rows, dual-zone climate control, cooled center console, premium sound system, etc. The buyers will also enjoy in modern SYNC 3 infotainment system with the large 8-inch touchscreen and smartphone support.
The safety will also be monitored by the advanced systems including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, parking assist, lane keep assist, driver attention monitor, etc.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Release, Price
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak will go on sale later in the year. The price will stay close to the current. The buyers in Australia will get the Wildtrak version with the base five-cylinder engine at around $61,000.