2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

Take a look at Australia’s new-car sales figures in 2018 (or just take a look around your neighbourhood) and the popularity of utes will come as no surprise. They’re everywhere you look, and even more popular than some passenger cars.

ARE these the primary ever completely undisguised shots of the cutting edge Ford Ranger due out in 2021? Or some future pickup from a rival carmaker that happens to pay uncannily close visual homage to the phenomenally successful Australian-designed and developed medium truck?

Nobody at Ford is saying obviously, but from what we can ascertain from the prototype snapped in an outer Melbourne suburb this week is that the crisp styling, overall proportions and even some minute detailing aspects all suggest a very strong and very clear Ford influence.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia Price

The Ranger Wildtrak is available with both the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel and the brand-new 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine and that’s the one we’ve tested here. The Ranger Wildtrak lists from $63,9990+ORC.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

For the money, you get a tweaked front bumper and grille, LED fog lamps and power-lock tailgate, you get 18-inch alloy wheels with 265/60R18 rubber; Monument Grey grille, rear bumper, mirrors and Sailplane (sports bar); HID headlights; privacy glass; sidesteps; tray lighting; roller shutter; leather trim; heated front seats; 230V inverter; cooled centre console; dual-zone climate control; rain-sensing wipers; 4.2-inch colour TFT display, 8.0-inch colour touchscreen, sat-nav, DAB+ digital radio, Sync 3 with voice activated controls and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; and remote keyless entry and start.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia Interior

Side steps feature on XLT and Wildtrak, while body kits that include front spoilers, bonnet stripes and side skirts aren’t offered. A rolltop-type hardtop lid comes standard on the Wildtrak dual cab tray utility body, but a soft top tonneau is not included. There is a rear step bumper, though.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

The Wildtrak misses out on the awesome wheel arch extensions that feature on the Raptor, sadly.

Dimensions remain the same for the MY19, including interior dimensions and dual cab tub dimensions.

No stone is left unturned in the Wildtrak’s equipment list. It starts with exterior additions including new HID headlights and LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloys, alloy side steps, unique Wildtrak sports bar, rear step bumper, puddle lamps, roller shutter for the tray and tow bar kit.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

Inside the tub is a tray-liner and 12V socket that’s complemented by a 230V house-plug socket in the cabin for charging tools. The seats are bolstered slightly and finished in partial black leather trim with eight-way electric seats and there’s keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, 8.0-inch infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera and a remote-locking tailgate with lift assist. It also gets the full safety suite as standard.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

Three-generations deep the Ranger has proven to be a popular and versatile ute, both on worksites and deeper into the country, with good support and plenty of aftermarket accessories available. The lesser known variable is the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, however the standard 3.2-litre five-pot is a well-known quantity.

The 2019 model year update isn’t affected by a recall issue on earlier models where the car could catch fire. (Older affected utes can be rectified courtesy of a Ford dealership).

The Ranger is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Ford’s Service Price Promise program with loan car. The blue oval also promises to update the Sync 3 infotainment system’s maps for up to seven years.

The Ranger Wildtrak is evaluated to tow 3500kg however its payload of 961kg is simply under the mysterious one-ton marker. While the 3.2-litre was a good tow engine the new 2.0-litre shouldn’t be a hinderance, producing more power, more torque and matched to a 10-speed automatic. It will likely work harder though, and fuel efficiency will take a hit.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia Exterior

The interior of the 2019 Ranger Wildtrak is largely the same as the previous model with the key changes being new black leather seats with contrast stitching and the Wildtrak logo. While there’s plenty of hard scratchy plastics but some of it is nicely textured, and there’s enough soft-touch stuff that the interior feels more play than work and, at this price that’s what you want.

For infotainment, you get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s clever SYNC3 system that offers native sat-nav with live-traffic updates. It likewise offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto network. You can control the climate and audio from the screen but there are also physical buttons lower down which is great.

You’ll fit two adults comfortably across the back here with decent head and leg room. In fact, the Ranger offers some of the best rear seat legroom in the class thanks to its long wheelbase. There are no rear air vents but you do get a fold down centre armrest. And the seat bases flip up to reveal some plastic bins for extra in-cabin storage.

The Ranger Wildtrak gets a standard rollaway tray cover which is great for weather sealing but can be a pain to use and it robs some storage space when opened. You don’t get a tailgate left assist but the tailgate can be raised and lowered with just one hand, the sports bar is for looks only and called a Wind Sail by Ford, whatever that means. The tray, for those counting, measures 1549mm long and 1139mm between the wheel arches. The rear opening when you drop the tailgate is 1330mm, and the load height is 835mm.

No stone is left unturned in the Wildtrak’s equipment list. It starts with exterior additions including new HID headlights and LED fog lamps, 18-inch alloys, alloy side steps, unique Wildtrak sports bar, rear step bumper, puddle lamps, roller shutter for the tray and tow bar kit.

Inside the tub is a tray-liner and 12V socket that’s complemented by a 230V house-plug socket in the cabin for charging tools. The seats are bolstered slightly and finished in partial black leather trim with eight-way electric seats and there’s keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, 8.0-inch infotainment with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera and a remote-locking tailgate with lift assist. It also gets the full safety suite as standard.

Three-generations deep the Ranger has proven to be a popular and versatile ute, both on worksites and deeper into the country, with good support and plenty of aftermarket accessories available. The lesser known variable is the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine, however the standard 3.2-litre five-pot is a well-known quantity.

The 2019 model year update isn’t affected by a recall issue on earlier models where the car could catch fire. (Older affected utes can be rectified courtesy of a Ford dealership).

The Ranger is covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and Ford’s Service Price Promise program with loan car. The blue oval also promises to update the Sync 3 infotainment system’s maps for up to seven years.

The Ranger Wildtrak is appraised to tow 3500kg yet its payload of 961kg is simply under the otherworldly one-ton marker. While the 3.2-litre was a good tow engine the new 2.0-litre shouldn’t be a hinderance, producing more power, more torque and matched to a 10-speed automatic. It will likely work harder though, and fuel efficiency will take a hit.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia Engine

The 2.0-liter four-chamber twin-turbo diesel caused a break when initially presented on the Ranger Raptor and now it starts to take off on other Ranger models. Unlike in the Raptor, it’s a $1200 option for either XLT or Wildtrak models, with the 3.2-litre five-cylinder engine still the standard mill.

2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia
2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak Australia

On paper, the 2.0-litre is the winner, producing 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque that’s up by 10kW and 30Nm over the five-pot. It’s also connected to a 10-speed automatic that adds four gears above the standard six-speed unit.

Straight off the bat, it doesn’t feel markedly different in outright performance, producing peak power a little later in the rev range and full torque a touch earlier. But there is a lot of torque that will tow most of what you can throw at it and the unladen driving experience is more polished thanks to the engine’s smooth revving response and slick transmission.

It’s not a machine for the traffic light grands prix – positions owned by the Volkswagen Amarok and Mercedes-Benz’s V6 utes for now – and that’s the shame for the Raptor, but in a purposeful work dog like this the available torque and smooth drivetrain are a comfortable compromise.

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