The UK market saw a new Ford Ranger variant debut at the CV show in Birmingham this week. The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is a paint/sticker/trim package that sees the addition of two new colors join the existing ranger palette -- Chili Orange and Passion Red -- which are combined with a Titanium Grey lower body cladding for the off-roady two-tone effect used extensively by a variety of manufacturers.
In addition to the new colors, the Wildtrack is butched up with details such as rear light protectors, a sport bar, bed rails, a rollaway Armadillo bed cover, and aluminum trim up front. Side vents that look similar to the ones featured on our US-market Super Duty trucks appear on the fenders, and the rearview mirrors receive turn indicators.
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Inside, Ford loads up the Wildtrak with leather/Alcantara seats, a sport steering wheel, dash-mounted off-road info center, ambient lighting, and Wildtrak-branded floormats and sill plates. Power comes from a 3.0L TDCi turbodiesel that delivers 150 horsepower and a healthy 280 lb-ft of torque. We have to say that we like the four-door, Mazda-sourced Euro/UK Ford Ranger more than the ancient one Ford still sells here, but when it comes to Ford of Europe, what else is new?
NEW FORD RANGER WILDTRAK: EXTRA POWER AND STYLE FOR PICK-UP DRIVERS
- Exclusive chilli orange and passion red colours add zest to new Ranger Wildtrak
- New 156PS, 3.0-litre TDCi engine
- On sale August 2007. Prices available nearer the time.
This latest model has rear box rail extensions, a stylish, aerodynamic sports bar, lower sports cladding and tail lamp protectors to enhance its appearance. Side intake 'gills' add to the visual effect. New integrated door mirror indicators and puddle lamps provide additional differentiation and Wildtrak decals on the front, side and rear identify it as a special Ford Ranger.
Combined with these stylish features are new alloy wheels, a new sports front grille, side steps, an aluminium style front over rider and roof rails, an integrated bedliner and a rear protection bar with integrated park distance control.
The cabin features all-new heated seats in leather and perforated alcantara with orange tricot backing, floor mats with Wildtrak logo, new sports steering wheel, dash-mounted off-road 'information centre', premium interior and footwell lighting. New Wildtrak scuff plates complete the package.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is available with an exclusive range of unique two-tone colours: Chilli Orange or Passion Red combined with Titanium Grey on the lower part of the body for a truly striking appearance. Other body colours that can be combined with Titanium Grey are Steel Silver, Andaman Blue, Storm Black and Strato Blue.
Under the bonnet is a new and powerful 3.0-litre TDCi engine with 156PS and 380Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is tuned for fuel economy while maintaining good overtaking ability.
Steve Kimber, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: "The latest Ford Ranger is selling faster than the previous model. The new Wildtrak will take us deeper into the fiercely competitive pick-up market with a truck that really makes a statement."