Ford has just introduced the Wildtrak trim level on its all-new global 2015 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The Wildtrak sits atop all other trim levels in the Ranger lineup and offers a wide array of standard features, such as electronic driver’s aids, along with a unique look inside and out.

Ford says the Wildtrak is the truck for those wanting “...genuine 4WD capability with stand-out styling and premium features.” That’s certainly the case when scanning the truck’s features list. The truck boasts a slew of electronic driver assist features like Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid; Adaptive Cruise Control; Forward Alert; and Driver Impairment Monitor.

Such features make the Wildtrak sound like a high-end luxury sedan, but the Ranger still offers some impressive truck-like stats. Like the standard Ranger, it can ford 31.5 inches of water, clear obstacles with its nine inches of ground clearance, and tow an impressive 7,716 pounds from its hitch.

Sadly for us in the U.S., the Ranger remains out of reach. Its high levels of luxury and capabilities make it too competitive against the F-150. Adding the truck to the U.S. lineup would simply cost too much money and would rob sales of the F-Series – or so Ford has said.

For those markets around the world that get the Ranger, including Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa, the Wildtrak bridges the gap between utilitarian trucks and high-end crossovers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Ranger Wildtrak.

  • 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    158
  • Torque @ RPM:
    284
  • Energy:
    turbodiesel
  • Displacement:
    2.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
  • Price:
    38500 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The Wildtrak trim level adds some unique features that dress it up, while keeping the Ranger’s overall design. Up front, the grille gets a dark grey treatment that looks something like a five o’clock shadow. Matching mirror caps, door handles, roof rack and bed rails carry the look around the truck. Special 18-inch alloy wheels add even more flair, while graphics on the side keep the sporty look alive.

The Wildtrak offers five paint options that include Cool White, Black Mica, Aluminum Metallic, Metropolitan Gray, and Pride orange. That exclusive orange color, as shown in the photos above, earned its name after a pride of lions. “We call it Pride Orange, not just because of our pride in the new Ranger, but also because it calls to mind a pride of lions,” says Dave Dewitt in a company press release. “It conjures up the Wildtrak’s potential and adventurous spirit.”

Ground Clearance 9 inches (230 mm)
Approach Angle 28 degrees
Departure Angle 25 degrees
Fording Depth 31.5 inches (800 mm)

Interior

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Beyond the paint is where things get really different for the Wildtrak. Ford has loaded it with nearly every conceivable safety device and connectivity feature currently on the market. At the heart of truck is Microsoft’s SYNC 2, which is optional in the standard Ranger. The system includes updated voice commands, redundant climate controls, entertainment options, and of course navigation. The natural voice commands allow occupants to give commands like “Temperature 75 degrees,” or “Play Ella Fitzgerald.” Commands like “I’m hungry” pulls up nearby restaurant choices.

The natural voice commands allow occupants to give commands like “Temperature 75 degrees,” or “Play Ella Fitzgerald.” Commands like “I’m hungry” pulls up nearby restaurant choices.

As for the safety equipment, the list is extensive. Lane Keeping Alert works in conjunction with Lane Keeping Aid. The pair monitors the truck’s path via the forward-facing camera and keeps the driver from unintentionally drifting from his lane. If the truck fails to maintain its lane, the steering wheel vibrates. If the driver doesn’t correct the steering angle, Lane Keeping Aid will nudge the truck back on course using the electronic steering rack.

Adaptive Cruise Control is becoming more prevalent these days, but it’s still surprising to find the option on a mid-size truck. Simply set the desired speed via the cruise control, and the truck maintains the speed, slowing down if needed due to traffic conditions. Forward Alert warns the driver if his closing speed is too great when approaching a vehicle ahead.

Also offered is the Driver Impairment Monitor. It keeps tabs on the driver’s inputs and detects if he is driving drowsy. The forward-facing camera keeps track of movements outside the vehicle’s lane while watching for sudden corrected movements from the driver. If detected, the system will sound an alert that gets progressively louder.

Though there are several other systems present, perhaps the most notable one for truck duty is Adaptive Load Control. The system monitors how much load the truck is carrying and adjusts the Electronic Stability Control to deal with the added weight.

Beyond safety systems, the Ranger Wildtrak offers a more luxurious cabin. The dashboard is padded and accented by Pride Orange stitching. That stitching continues onto the door panels, center armrest, seats, and shifter boot.

Drivetrain

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The standard Ranger offers three engine choices with four output levels, however the high-end Wildtrak only offers the range-topping 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder turbodiesel and the high-output version of the 2.2-liter TDCi four-cylinder turbodiesel.

The high-end Wildtrak only offers the range-topping 3.2-liter TDCi five-cylinder turbodiesel and the high-output version of the 2.2-liter TDCi four-cylinder turbodiesel.

The 3.2-liter I-5 offers up 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.2-liter I-4 puts out 158 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with an Auto Start/Stop feature that saves on fuel.

Opt for the 3.2-liter and the only transmission choice is the six-speed automatic, though the six-speed manual is available with the I-5 in lower trim levels. Ford does not specify what, if any, restrictions the 2.2-liter I-4 has in regards to transmission choice, however, it is offered with both the automatic and manual options in lower trim levels as well.

Though 2WD is standard, the Ranger is offered with 4WD. The system uses an electronic-shifting, two-speed transfer case to send power to the front wheels when needed. An electronic locking rear differential also greatly aids in traction when the going gets tough.

2.2-liter TDCi 3.2-liter TDCi
Configuration Inline four Inline five
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Horsepower 158 197
Torque 284 347

Prices

Ford has not yet announced pricing of the 2016 Ranger Wildtrak, though we can expect it to be in the upper $30,000 range.

Competition

Chevrolet Colorado

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The Colorado is technically a global truck, though there are two versions. The first ships to nearly every other country on the planet except the U.S. and the second is the one offered here that’s almost a completely different truck.

In the U.S., the Colorado comes with either the 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, or the 3.6-liter V-6 making 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of toque. A 2.8-liter turbodiesel option is coming for 2016 as well.

Read our full review here.

Toyota Tacoma/Hilux

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Like the Colorado, Toyota’s mid-size pickup truck comes in two flavors: the U.S. spec Tacoma and the global Hilux. While the trucks share a similar size, they are inherently different. The Tacoma caters more to the adventurous types that do truck-like work on occasion, while the Hilux is more at home on the job site or traversing the Australian Outback.

The Hilux comes with a multitude of engine options, including both gas and diesel. New for 2016, the U.S. spec Tacoma will come with the carryover 2.7-liter four-cylinder gasoline mill and an all-new 3.5-liter V-6 running on the Atkinson combustion cycle.

You can read the 2016 Toyota Hilux review here and the 2016 Tacoma review here.

Conclusion

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Ford’s new Ranger will certainly be a sales hit in the markets it caters to and the Wildtrak will surely act as a great halo trim level. Though the world doesn’t treat trucks in same regard Americans do, luxury-lined pickups are starting to catch on. It makes sense as folks gravitate from having separate vehicles for work and pleasure, making their one vehicle do it all.

  • Leave it
    • No mechanical upgrades beyond standard Ranger
    • Likely expensive
    • Not coming to the U.S.

Press Release

The new Ranger Wildtrak, the ultimate model in the Ford Ranger line-up, makes its global debut today, 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.

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“The new Wildtrak takes the Ford Ranger to the next level with an aggressive exterior, a premium, sporty, interior, 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.”

To mark the Wildtrak clearly as the flagship of the Ranger lineup, designers worked to emphasize its tough, sophisticated design. Flanked by projector head lamps, the bold trapezoidal grille with strong outboard nostrils is finished in a dark, liquid metallic gray. The same accent color continues to the side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, bed rails and tail lamps for a dark, sporty appearance.

“The accent colors on the Wildtrak help to punch out the architecture of the fascia, and make what is already a very bold design even bolder – it’s instantly recognizable on the road,” said Dave Dewitt, exterior design manager for the Ranger Wildtrak. “The result is more sports-focused and purposeful, and a perfect companion for a weekend getaway with a surfboard, kayak or quad bike.”

As well as being more aggressively styled, the new Wildtrak features design elements that are both premium and functional. Rectangular fog lamps and a unique sports hoop emphasize the unique nature of Wildtrak and give it a more technical, refined appearance. Sitting high on exclusive machined 18-inch alloy wheels, and with bold Wildtrak graphics, the new design communicates a fearless sense of adventure. Even the Wildtrak’s signature orange color has been tweaked to help it stand out from the crowd.

“We wanted to push the Wildtrak’s orange further, to give it a fun, tough feeling,” said Dewitt. “We call it Pride Orange, not just because of our pride in the new Ranger, but also because it calls to mind a pride of lions – it conjures up the Wildtrak’s potential and adventurous spirit.”

The Wildtrak is also available in Cool White, Black Mica, Aluminum Metallic and Metropolitan Gray.

Inside, orange is used as a strong accent color to add a sense of sportiness to a strikingly modern and car-like interior. A strong horizontal beam spanning from driver to passenger door emphasizes the cabin’s width and houses a dual-TFT instrument cluster, an eight-inch touchscreen and air conditioning registers. A soft-touch instrument panel top with an orange accent stitch imparts a premium feel to the cockpit without sacrificing toughness. Punctuating the horizontal theme, rings around the air registers are finished in shadow chrome, which features a smoky finish inspired by high-end machinery.

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The new Wildtrak also features unique seats – including an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat – with bold graphical elements and orange stitching that combine toughness, durability and sportiness.

“From a design standpoint, everything on the new Wildtrak is very tough, inspired by tools and machinery,” said Dewitt. “But the execution – the dark environment, the soft instrument panel top, the orange stitching punching through – is very modern and more like what you’d see in a top-end hot hatch. It’s tough, but it’s refined and sporty.”

The smartest yet
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, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play Motörhead” or “I’m hungry”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily than ever before. An eight-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

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. If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane
Adaptive Cruise Control makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. When the system detects a vehicle ahead, it decelerates automatically to maintain a safe distance. It accelerates back to the driver’s preset cruising speed when the road ahead clears. An adjustable speed limiter helps drivers avoid unintentionally exceeding their selected speed
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
Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps drivers to stay safe and save fuel by alerting them when tire pressure is too low
Electronic Stability Program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control helps to keep the vehicle under control even in adverse conditions
Driver Impairment Monitor uses the forward-facing camera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If it notices signs such as drifting off course and sudden corrective steering inputs, the system warns the driver with gradually louder signals

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In markets where it is available, Emergency Assistance uses a Bluetooth-paired and connected phone to call local emergency services in the event of a serious collision. The system communicates details of the accident and your vehicle’s location, and then opens the line to let you speak directly with responders
Other smart technologies on the new Ranger include Hill Launch Assist, to help you confidently start off from a slope, whether in forward or reverse; Hill Descent Control, which uses the traction control system to help you descend steep slopes at a constant speed; Adaptive Load Control, which adjusts the Electronic Stability Control system based on vehicle load; and Emergency Brake Assistance, which provides additional pressure to the brake system to increase braking force when you apply the brakes quickly in an emergency situation

Go-anywhere attitude
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.

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.

Impressive off-road credentials are matched with on-road manners that improve on the current Ranger – which already sets the standard in its class – thanks to fine-tuned suspension for additional comfort and even better handling.

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 – with assistance varying as necessary based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration. 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 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.

The Wildtrak can also be equipped with a 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine to maximize fuel efficiency, while still providing the power Wildtrak customers demand. Featuring upgrades to improve efficiency and refinement, the 2.2-liter diesel engine puts out an improved 118 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque.

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“For customers looking for a truck that shares their appetite for adventure, the new Wildtrak is the complete package,” said Worthington. “It’s the toughest, smartest, boldest Wildtrak we’ve ever made, and it’s ready to take on the world.”

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