While the recently re-introduced Ford Ranger is gaining momentum in the US market where the full-size pickup trucks have been the best sealing vehicle for years, the mid-size Ranger is the benchmark in many global markets. Ford offers the global Ranger in more variants than the US-spec version and buyers can get it in the hardcore Raptor version. However, the near-top Wildtrak variant has also achieved high status on the market.
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak comes on the scene after the recent mid-cycle update when the model gained a new Raptor-sourced turbodiesel engine option, a new transmission, updated exterior and interior and revised technologies. For the 2020 model year, the iconic Ute gets just a few new features depending on the market. The Blue Oval Brand adds to the Wildtrak’s equipment list Bi-LED headlights, a new 18-inch wheel style and a new power roller shutter for the cargo bed.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Design
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak doesn’t bring many visual enhancements for the new model year and that was expected after the last refresh. Buyers will get a new 18-inch wheel design for the new model year while other aspects of the model’s appearance continue in the same form.
The Ranger Wildtrak builds its unique identity with some standout elements compared to the rest of the lineup. The Wildtrak version uses the masculine appearance of the base Ranger and adds some sporty details to enhance an impression. The model gets a specific paint job combined with the decals on the side panels but it also highlights its uniqueness with the dark grey finish on the grille, fog light bezels, side mirrors, and rear step bumper. Adding to the model’s appearance are also distinct 18-inch alloy wheels and sports bars.
Inside the cabin, the Wildtrak gets also attention with some unique design touches and flashy elements.
The model comes with the part-leather seats with Wildtrak signature adorned by the orange stitching throughout the cockpit. There is also a leather treated multi-functional steering wheel. The dark grey accents appear also in the cabin like it is the case on the model’s exterior.
The Wildtrak scores high with seat comfort and interior functionality as well. There are several storage compartments and high-volume center console.
The Ranger Wildtrak isn’t also skimpy on the available equipment. We mentioned unique 18-inch alloy wheels, LED DRLs, specific exterior accents, sports elements and more. There are also some modern tech and high comfort features in the cabin.
The Wildtrak comes with an 8-inch center touchscreen interface with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. There are also several USB ports and a strong six-speaker sound system. In front of the driver is a clear digital instrument cluster displaying driving and navigation data as well as a digital speedometer. This popular trim includes also the heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat.
Ford also equips the Ranger Wildtrak with various safety equipment and it has some class-exclusive features. The model relies on automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert and lane-keeping assist. There are also parking sensors and semi-auto parking system but the model lacks blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Performance
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak returns with the same turbodiesel engine options and mechanics.
Buyers can get the Ford Wildtrak with a reliable 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine paired with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This engine generates 197 hp and peak torque of 470 Nm reachable at 1, 700 rpm.
A better balance of the power and efficiency will provide a newer, Raptor-sourced 2.0-liter bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel unit. This engine comes in the pair with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. The power it delivers is 210 hp with a peak torque of 500 Nm available at 1, 750 rpm.
The Ranger Wildtrak can tow up to the class best 3, 500 kg while the bi-turbo turbodiesel allows up to 954 kg in the cargo bed. A 3.2-liter engine has a 32-kg less payload capability.
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak: Release, Price
The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak should be available at the price close to the current. The 2.0-liter bi-turbo powered Wildtrak should cost from 64, 790 Australian Dollars. With the five-cylinder turbodiesel under the hood, the buyers will save about $3,000.