We recently brought you pricing for the refreshed, locally built Ford Ranger line-up. And now we have unearthed the subtly updated specification level of the flagship (before the impending arrival of the Ranger Raptor, anyway) Wildtrak derivatives.
As we point out in that original pricing story, South Africa’s revised Ranger line-up features three Wildtrak double-cab bakkie variants. One retains the Blue Oval brand’s 3,2-litre five-cylinder turbodiesel (in 4x2 auto guise, and offering 147 kW and 470 N.m), while the other two employ the firm’s new bi-turbo 2,0-litre diesel unit (in 4x2 or 4x4 configuration). The four-cylinder mill develops the same 157 kW and 500 N.m as it does in the Ranger Raptor, and is linked to a ten-speed automatic transmission as standard.
So, what sort of kit does the Wildtrak trim level now include? Well, the most significant updates are found in the safety column, which now includes items such as autonomous emergency braking and active park assist, in addition to adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, forward collision warning, a lane-keeping system, auto high-beam control, parking sensors (front and rear), a reversing camera, roll-over mitigation, trailer sway control, hill-descent control, tyre-pressure monitoring, a driver alert system and seven airbags.
Other interesting standard features include lift assistance for the tailgate, a drop-in bedliner (with a 12 V power socket), hydraulic struts for the bonnet, automatic headlamps, LED front foglamps, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry (and push-button start), roof rails, a six-speaker sound system (again controlled through an eight-inch screen running Sync 3), an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a 230 V/150 W power converter and 18-inch alloy wheels.
For the record, the Ranger 3,2 TDCi 3,2 Wildtrak 6AT 4x2 will cost you R609 800, while the Ranger 2,0L BiT Wildtrak 10AT 4x2 is priced at R632 300 and the 4x4 at R678 200. Pricing for the Ranger Raptor has yet to be confirmed.
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