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Ford is bringing its grown-up Ranger to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Making its world debut is the Ranger Wildtrak, Ford's top-of-the-range pickup packed with premium tech features. The full list of toys has not yet been released but Ford has announced that the Wildtrak boasts voice recognition and a rear-view camera in addition to satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.

More important than its interior gadgets, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak is designed to be a tough vehicle when the road disappears. It's capable of wading through water up to 31.5-inches deep and has just over nine inches of ground clearance. Under the hood, the Ranger can be fitted with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder Duratorq engine with 277 pound-feet of torque, or a larger 3.2-liter five-cylinder that churns out 347 lb-ft.

Beyond its interior gewgaws, the Wildtrak is differentiated by different exterior color splits and graphics, along with features like a a standard roof rack and 'sports hoop' (read: faux roll bar) and 18-inch wheels.

As you likely already know, the new Ford Ranger will not be offered for sale here in the United States. If you must have one, book a ticket to London because it goes on sale in Britain this November.

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Range-topping Ford Ranger Wildtrak model revealed
New engines include Dagenham's 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel
Exceptional towing capability of up to 3350 kg and increased payload capacity
Ranger Wildtrak among the most high-tech compact pickups with smart technologies such as Bluetooth® Voice Control and Rear View Camera system
Best-in-class water-wading capability of up to 800 mm and a ground clearance of up to 230 mm
On sale in Britain in November 2011

GENEVA, 28 Feb, 2011 – The all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak makes its global debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a sporty compact pick-up that delivers impressive power and safety, excellent fuel efficiency and significant capability. It exudes a powerful presence bolstered by the latest in-car comfort and technologies.

Aiming to deliver class-leading safety, new Ranger utilises a whole suite of technologies, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP), to keep its wheels sturdily planted on the road under all conditions. Despite being an enormously capable vehicle, the Ranger is also fitted with technologies such as satellite navigation and Bluetooth® voice control, more commonly found on premium or luxury cars.

Building on Ranger's long-standing heritage of capability, the all-new model extends Ford's credibility further, with selected European versions achieving a best-in-class towing capacity of 3350 kg.

New from the ground up – with everything changed except its name – new Ranger is the first commercial vehicle to be built under the One Ford strategy as part of a global product programme, bringing together the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world.

Designed and developed in Australia, Ranger will be offered as a complete family of compact pick-ups with three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drive trains, two ride heights and up to four series choices to suit every pocket and market. It will be produced in Thailand, South Africa and Argentina for more than 180 markets worldwide.

Ranger Wildtrack styling

The aggressive and sporty stance of the new Ranger line-up is enhanced for the range-topper, Wildtrak. There is a unique colour split on the front and designers masked out the feature line on the fascia and contrasted it by highlighting the lower intake. The same accent colours were used on the side mirrors, door handles and side air vents to give the vehicle a dark sporty look.

"Wildtrak's aggressive look and bold new graphics are a perfect fit for those who appreciate a sporty and more expressive image. It will look fantastic transporting the latest quad bike or jet ski for their weekend getaways," said Craig Metros, chief designer of the all-new Ranger.

Sitting high on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Wildtrak also comes with a roof rack and a sports hoop which enhance its profile. Exclusive Wildtrak badging and graphics help to set it apart from other lifestyle vehicles.

Car-like levels of comfort and features

The purposeful interior of the Wildtrak echoes the dark sporty look of the outside. A special hydrographic finish on the centre console around the audio is reminiscent of strong but lightweight materials like carbon fibre.

The seat trim – a combination of leather and woven cloth inspired by sportswear with ventilated sections – provides lateral support and confidence even on rough terrain. Contrast stitching and a discreet strip on the seat upper and bolster, all in distinctive Wildtrak Orange, accentuate the premium feel of the interior.

The cabin of Ranger has been stretched to provide segment-leading spaciousness and comfort. Three passengers can easily fit in the second row of the Wildtrak, for instance. It offers ample knee room and better foot clearance between the B-pillar and the seat. This means that getting in and out of the new Ranger is easier than ever for rear-seat passengers.

With 23 storage spaces in the cabin, Ranger offers more practical stowage than any competitor. A deep centre console bin will keep up to six cans of beverage cool, while the glove box is large enough to accommodate a 16-inch laptop computer. Ample storage for mobile phones and other small items can be found in the console.

Also poised to be a leader in innovation, Ranger Wildtrak comes with Bluetooth®audio streaming, USB and iPod connectivity. There is voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, air-conditioning and phone. It also offers a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation.

More power, more torque

There is a choice of two state-of-the-art common-rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesels and new fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions that serve up more power and torque.

The new, Dagenham-built, 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel delivers peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 150 PS, whilst a highly responsive and efficient new 3.2-litre 5-cylinder diesel produces a powerful 470 Nm of torque is power rated at 200PS. Both new powertrains have been developed and refined to deliver excellent fuel economy that is among the best in class. Fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank, Ranger is also expected to have one of the longest ranges in its segment.

New Ranger also features smart Ford technologies such as Adaptive Automatic Mode, which adapts gear shifts according to driving style and Grade Control Logic, which automatically downshifts when driving downhill and the brake pedal is depressed. This feature prevents the transmission from changing to a higher gear.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I do not think this truck would do well on looks alone...however, Ford does need a new Ranger here. Why may you ask? Because not everyone can afford and F150...just a reg cab xlt is in the 24-25k range. Plus not everyone needs the size. Ford is unwise to let a segment(well compact that is) they once dominated escape them. Maybe a new Ranger could be spawned from the new Escape or maybe they could just make a new platform of which a Bronco could be created =))???
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't buy the whole this mid size truck would steal sales from the full size F150...Isn't that the whole point? It's like saying lets not offer the Mid size Fusion because it will steal sales from the full size Taurus? makes no viable sense whatsoever.. Toyota manages to sell Tacomas along with Tundras so Ford should just bring the car over here..It already spent money on the architecture...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish they would bring it to the US. My 93 Ranger 4.0 with 285,000 miles would lke a rest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully Ford learns from the Focus that they really need to bring to the US cars/trucks available elsewhere...this could sell well here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They won't. It would hurt the "F series" truck sales. Unless they bring it over as an F100 priced similarly to an F150 in which case most people wouldn't buy it.

        Sooner or later a "Back to Basics" truck will be needed. One that isn't a huge off roader, but capable of fitting 4' wide material flat in its bed (even if it is in a stake bed over small dual rear wheels.) My hope is that if Ford passes on it and GM doesn't do much, then hopefully Dodge/Ram will take their next Van platform, and make a cheap Dakota/Ram 1000 that serves this purpose.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are canning the sport trac too. Not real sure about this move.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately it would be too close in price with an F-150 and most US buyers would opt for the larger F-150.

        Outside the US and Mexico the F-150 is not an option. Most overseas buyers prefer a slightly more compact truck with a smaller manual transmission engine with their generally higher gas prices and taxes.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Have you never heard of the Explorer Sport Trac? Same as this without the diesel option, which nobody in America would buy anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree - it seems ridiculous that they're not bringing it here. Mid-sized trucks are low-volume, and Ford could only expect to sell about a tenth of what it sells of what it sells of the F-150, but it's the fastest growing truck segment and Ford could definitely make a mark. Would it cannibalize sales from the F-150? Maybe, but so do the Colorado, the Tacoma, and the Frontier...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have heard the "It will hurt the F-150 sales" before...but by that argument, why do they have the Focus and the Fiesta when they have the Taurus?

        Why do they have 4 or 5 different cross-overs?

        After they kill off the Ranger they will have just 1 pick-up (available in many combos, indeed, but they are all BIGGER than the F-150)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's pretty, But it sucks as a truck! TRUCKS are made to haul stuff, with a bed that short the only thing that would fix are their Beer coolers. Every day I drive to work, I see BIG HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, slow to a stop before crossing rough train tracks and other bumps in the road, I DRIVE A JEEP, It can handle bumps or is it just they don't want to shake up their Beer??? It's either a truck or it ISN"T!!!!

      Steve in Florida...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still a Ford P.O.S. The company that sold out the American worker to Mexico. If they gave me one I would trade it for an american made car or truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This makes that Mahindra look really pathetic. If it were sold in the U.S. it'd probably be pretty close in price, feature for feature.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one good looking truck. I hope the build quality is as good as newer Fords. The old Ranger couldn't keep up with the Toyota Hilux when it came down to really working on farms, carrying a bunch of stuff on things that can barely be called trails.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only in 2WD trim. best you can do in 4WD is a 5pot, that is thrashy at best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A Colorado?!?! Ahahahahhahaaha
        • 4 Years Ago
        Believe it or not my 2004 non heritage F150 was higher quality than my 2010 F150...not everything they are doing is quality! Just ask all the rattly parts in my 2010! In fact, my grandmothers 11 year old Taurus and gpa's almost 9 yr old F150 have been built better interiorwise and paintwise!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you notice the 3.2 liter in the Ranger makes more torque than the V8 in the Colorado?
        More torque=better
      • 4 Years Ago
      People, they've been selling a truck exactly like this here in America for a number of years. It's called the Ford Explorer Sport-Trac. It comes with a v6 or a v8, has IRS, a bed, seats 5, and a decent interior. And guess what? They don't sell very well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No , the Sport Trac does not have a 3,300lb or even a 2,800lb payload like the new Global Ranger. The torque on the Sport Trac V8 is considerably less than the 3.2 diesel and the full torque is delivered at a high 4000 rpm.I have seen the previous Ranger diesel pull easily a lightweight 27ft 5th Wheeler.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be my next pickup truck if it was sold in the u.s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks two generations ahead of the current US ranger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice little truck for hunting season........would buy it.
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