2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak - Ocean

The facelifted Ford Ranger Wildtrak has been officially unveiled today – the range-topping pick-up truck receives the same widespread set of tweaks as on regular variants, giving it a vital refresh in the face of stiffening competition from the new Nissan NP300 Navara, Mitsubishi Triton and Toyota Hilux.

The more macho front fascia is similar to that of the rest of the lineup, but as with the previous Wildtrak, the grille and bumper extension are painted dark metallic grey, with the faux skid plate in silver. The grey colour scheme also extends to the wing mirrors, side air vents, door handles, bed rails and tail light internals – again, the same as before, as is the Wildtrak graphics package.

There are some differences on this truck, however. The fog lights are rectangular as opposed to the circular ones on other Rangers, and the 18-inch machined alloy wheels are of a new two-tone six-split-spoke design. Even the signature orange hue is new for 2015 – dubbed Pride Orange, it replaces the old Chilli Orange and has been tweaked to be even more striking.

Inside, the Everest-derived cabin receives new seats (eight-way power adjustable for the driver) with black-and-orange semi-leather upholstery and orange stitching. The latter is also used on the steering wheel and gearlever gaiter, as well as the dashboard – which looks to gain the Everest’s soft-touch upper panel.

2015 Ford Ragner Wildtrak - Interior dash

Otherwise, it’s business as usual – the new horizontally-aligned dashboard incorporates a SYNC 2 eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a dual-TFT LCD instrument cluster as well as a 240-volt power socket that’s handy for charging laptops and the like.

Speaking of technology, the new Wildtrak, like other facelifted Rangers, will come chock full of active safety systems. Browsing through the list, you’ll find Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert that warns of an impending collision and primes the brakes, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, Driver Impairment Monitor that detects drowsiness and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Under the bonnet sits the familiar 197 hp/470 Nm 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbodiesel and six-speed automatic combo (that’s the one we’ll probably get, as it’s the one we currently have), but with improved exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to return up to 18% better fuel economy. A 2.2 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel will also be available – it makes 158 hp and 385 Nm, 10 hp and 10 Nm more than the previous unit.

The 2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak, the ultimate model in the Ford Ranger line-up, is ready to take on the world with smart technologies and an even bolder look for one of the world’s toughest and most capable trucks.

Posted by Ford Ranger on Tuesday, 9 June 2015