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Cinderella was right when they sang "Don't Know What You've Got ('Til It's Gone)." The Ford Ranger has left the country only to reappear around the globe, looking pretty darn good in the process. Leading the charge into our now-broken heart is the 2012 Ford Ranger Wildtrak; a diesel-sipping, off-road ready, gadget-packed pickup truck that's making out with the rest of the world while all we can do is watch from the sidelines.
The Wildtrak is the newest range-topping trim and it comes crammed full of features. On the outside, the Ranger Wildtrak sports a unique color scheme on its front fascia, 18-inch wheels and a roof rack. Inside, the cabin is fitted with a touch-screen control system that features satellite navigation, Bluetooth, iPod integration and voice recognition.

Under the hood, the 2012 Ford Ranger Wildtrak is offered with a choice of two diesel engines: A 2.2-liter four-cylinder that produces 277 pound-feet of torque or a 3.2-liter inline-five that generates an impressive 347 lb-ft.

You can stare at it all you want in the gallery below. Just know that heartaches come and go, and all that's left are the words.

Photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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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
      This is exactly the truck that Ford should be selling here in the U.S.
      How stupid can Ford be for not offering this in the largest pickup truck market on the planet? It's too bad that this new Ranger doesn't have solid axles front and rear, but besides this, the truck is perfect! Especially with the diesel engine.

      Please Ford - reconsider selling this in the United States!
      Barry Hitt
      • 4 Years Ago
      After 40 years of customer loyalty, Ford is telling me that they no longer need my business. I have had six Rangers and a Sport Trac over the years and now they think that they can make me buy a F-150. WRONG! Thanks for nothing, Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a compact truck should be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two big IFs.
      If Ford had this truck here and if I were in the market to buy a new truck.
      I`d buy one.
      My Silverado 1500 ext cab is too big.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get your government (not mine... I try to disown the bastards) to repeal the stupid Chicken Tax and maybe one day we'll get to see some of the cool trucks other nations offer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or if they wanted to keep the chicken tax (I won't get into that argument) why not re-tool the existing Ranger plant for the new Ranger and sell it domestically. If it's a popular enough truck worldwide then even export them (From Minneapolis I think ?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you on the chicken tax thing but Ford could still build it on US shores. They have plenty of manufacturing capacity for that..
      • 4 Years Ago
      The main argument has been that Ford doesn't feel the Ranger (if it is this kind) would sell well in the higher trims because it would compete with the lower level F150s. I do wish they would bring it over but only if Ford could make a solid business case for it. Current Ranger is already quite inexpensive and available with rebates I doubt this one could start around $17K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too, would rather have the newer/bigger ford ranger than an F150. F150's are too big, too expensive, and too inefficient for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well too bad they wont sell the ranger here it would have been the perfect truck i could only imagine the effecient gas mileage it would get here in the us . it has all of the options i want but oh well . not really a big ford fan anyway and now i am less of one
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's just unbelievable as a long time Ranger owner (3) and a Ford man this really pisses me off. So long Ford...........................
        • 4 Years Ago
        + 1!
        • 4 Years Ago
        +2. I would live to buy a revamped Ranger, but it's never going to happen. That's why I'll take my money to Toyota and but a 4cyl, Tacoma. All Ford need to do is give the Ranger a revamp. The truck has looked the exact same since 1993, almost 20 YEARS! Give me a freaking break, no wonder nobody wants to buy one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this would sell in the USA. It would take away from the F-150, but would that really be a bad thing? Ford bring it to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mid sized trucks have not sold well over the past years because there hasnt been anything good on the market. The ranger hasn't changed in almost 20 years. The S-10/S-15 were good until the coloraldo/canyon. Both are junk. The dakota was good until the '05 redesign but the raider was a nice looking truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is so proud of that "best selling truck in America for __ years running" slogan that they can't open their eyes to the fact that we want options. The reality is, the F150 is only the best selling truck because the Chevy and GMC vehicles get counted separately; together (they're the same truck with different labels) they sell way more than the F150, but whatever. Beyond that, Ford is too afraid to challenge their bigger-is-better mindset for America. I emailed Ford and got this in reply:

        "Diesel products and mid-size trucks are selling well eveywhere but in the U.S., where mid-size truck sales are down 90% in recent years.

        In a free market, we all get to vote with our pocketbooks, and the people have spoken.

        Thanks for taking the time to write."

        I would point out that FORD's mid-size truck sales are/were down 90% because the Ranger hadn't been updated in over a decade. Meanwhile, the Tacoma is doing just fine. Ask VW how diesels are doing, or better yet, check out the resale value of diesels... Ford is blind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boo on FORD! So what if this is almost the same size as the F150. Chevrolet and GMC are basically the same truck yet they each sell well. It's a lame excuse for Ford. It's only because they make more money off the F150. To hell with those of us who want our small Ranger. Ford......get your tongue out of my mouth I'm kissing you goodbye.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is saddening that Ford is going to deny us this truck. I live in a city and a big honking truck is not the best fit. This is perfect. It is not to big, efficient and looks good, unlike the frieght train that they call the F150. This is the right vehicle for me. I will be voicing my opion on this on Ford official idea forum. http://www.thefordstory.com/ I hope all of the people that are disgusted by this decision will chime in. Hopefully maybe with enough noise they will give us a vehicle we actually want.
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