Up Close With the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X

The Ranger Wildtrak X is the new special-edition pickup from Ford, combining a distinctive appearance with the practicality and capability of the standard Wildtrak.

This Ford Ranger special edition stands out from the crowd in its Performance Blue colour scheme; the first time a Wildtrak has been available in such colour. Front park assist has been added, and the front bumper and fog light bezels have been altered to give it a distinctive and more aggressive look. As with the Wildtrak, a lot of the fittings, such as the 18-inch alloy wheels, side steps, roof rails and Roll and Lock cover are finished in black.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X rear

Ranger Wildtrak X: Plush Interior

The netted cloth of the standard Wildtrak has been replaced with a premium leather upholstery with Wildtrak stitching. The River Rock grey stitching also features in the door trim, instrument panel and steering wheel. There are also scuff plates and floor mats unique to the Wildtrak X.

The Wildtrak X inherits the generous Wildtrak spec which includes a reversing camera, interior lighting with dimming control, climate control and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation and SYNC 3.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X interior

Ranger Wildtrak X: Born Performer

The Wildtrak X is only available with the 6-speed automatic and employs the same 3.2TDCi engine as the Wildtrak, which can produce up to 197bhp and 470Nm – making it the torquiest pickup currently able to tow 3.5 tonnes.

Despite the power and torque available, the Ranger doesn’t feel particularly quick (the 0-62mph dash takes a leisurely 10.9 seconds) and tends to be rather harsh when pushed. That said, it cruises effortlessly and almost silently on the motorway.

Ranger Wildtrak X: Price and Availability

The Wildtrak X is priced from £30,945 plus VAT and limited to just 1,000 units in the UK. As with other Ford Ranger models, the Wildtrak X is backed by Ford’s three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while service intervals are set at every 12 months or 18,000 miles.

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  1. As the chassis, engine and all other drivetrain components are unchanged I will not pass comment on these aspects of the Wildtrak.
    All in all it is a fine vehicle but Ford have missed the opportunity to improve on the cabin logistics of the Wildtrak.
    The steering wheel is still very fiddly, the button layout and paddle format of the Transit Custom is far more user friendly and the fact that there is no rake adjustment on a £30K+ “Top of the range” vehicle is ludicrous.
    The internal changes that have been made are welcome, the full leather is a vast improvement on the budget cloth and poor quality leather of the regular Wildtrak but the centre console, which used to have a 2-piece lid, has been replace by a single badly fitting lid which accesses directly to the cavernous ‘cold’ storage compartment with just a cheap, removable after-market coin holder in place of the previously very useful ‘bits tray’ that was the first stage of the previous armrest.
    Sync 3 is not as simple an interface as Sync 2 was but once you get used to the new layout I am sure that I should be an improvemnet on Sync 2…we will wait and see.
    Overall, the additional cost covers the Roller Shutter and the Leather Seats and so makes this more desirable than the standard Ranger but the colour is awful.
    PLEASE Ford, offer the leather seat configuration as STANDARD on the Wildtrak as it is offered as standard on other top of the line Pick up Models from VW, Toyota, Mercedes and even Fiat…
    PLESAE change the steering wheel and column to that of the Custom (Trend and above models) which would give better usability and an improved driving position.

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