The mid-size Ford Ranger is finally back in the US and the model is the version of the global pickup. On the US soil buyers will get the new Ranger with the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and in XL, XLT, and Lariat trim versions. Buyers will also have the chance to upgrade with the FX off-road packages while the Raptor version is also expected probably in a year to two from now.
However, outside the US, the Ranger comes also in the updated form and in more combinations. The global Raptor version already dropped the covers but the high trim version also has more to offer for the new model year. While the Ranger Raptor is the class itself atop the range in other markets is the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
The new Ranger Wildtrak receives some visual and interior upgrades but Ford also adds new and improved safety equipment. Ford also improved the suspension system. What is also the highlight of the model’s update is the arability of some Raptor’s equipment. The Wildtrak, as well as the XLT version, will get the optional 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine from the Raptor model in the combination with the 10-speed automatic transmission and Terrain Management System.
2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Design
2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak and other versions stay in same shape and size for the new model year but some visual enhancements will be detected across the range.
The Wiladtrak continues the adventure with the revised grille design in the dark gray finish. The same color treatment gets the wing mirror caps and fog light bezels. The fog lights are, however, new with the Led technology. The model has also restyled LED DRLs and reshaped lower bumper. The Wildtrak also comes with the roof rails, side steps, optional 18-inch black wheels, and more.
The cabin of the Ranger Wildtrak was also the subject of some upgrades. The top-of-the-range Ranger gets unique, premium upholstery and the best of the tech and convenience features.
The dark theme prevails inside the cab of the premium Wildtrak model and contrasting pieces and upgraded finishes also improve the impression. The front seats come with the heaters and partial leather upholstery.
The Wildtrak also includes automatic climate control, Bluetooth, SYNC3 infotainment system with the high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility features, rearview camera, keyless entry, “easy lift tailgate”, etc.
The safety is also up:
For the new model year, the Ranger upgrades the safety equipment as well. The Wiladtrak gains semi-auto park assist, automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian detection and traffic sign recognition. The pedestrian and vehicle detection system uses the radar and camera for detection of the pedestrian or vehicles and brings the Ranger to the stop if needed. The system can also be shot down.
The Wildtrak will also continue to offer adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, auto high beam, tire pressure monitoring, etc.
2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Performance
The big news for the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is the availability of Raptor’s engine, transmission and terrain management system. The upcoming Wildtrak will be powered with the 2.0-liter twin-turbo oil burner from the hardcore Raptor as an option. The engine provides 210 hp (157 kW) at 3750rpm while the peak torque of 500 Nm is available at just 1750 rpm. In the combination with the new turbo diesel engine is a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission while the Terrain Management System also from the Raptor will adjust the suspension and other parameters for the best performance depending on the surface conditions.
The Wildtrak will again return with the 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine by default. This engine works in the pair with the six-speed automatic transmission. The power goes up to 197 hp (147 kW) and the max torque is 470 Nm.
The Ranger Wildtrak will also stay at the same maximum towing capacity no matter what engine you pick. The class-leading towing limit is at 3, 500 kg.
2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Arrival, Price
The new 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak with the worthy and desirable upgrades will go on sale around September.
The price will start from $60, 590 Australian dollars with the 3.2-liter diesel engine under the hood. If one wants the Wildtrak with the 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine transplanted from the mighty Raptor model, the starting price will be from $63, 990 Australian dollars.