2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2
The Ford Ranger 2019 has now landed into UK showrooms, promising more power, efficiency, better refinement and more safety systems. Ford has also ditched the 2.2 and 3.2-litre engines, replacing with a range of 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine and we get exclusive access to test them ahead of the launch.
The Ranger Raptor Wildtrak now has a more heroic sibling in the shape of the Ranger Raptor, some of the limelight has been taken off the former halo model. It’s still just as critical to Ford, and to Ranger buyers, for a number of reasons. The Wildtrak decides its disparities from other Ranger variants through trim finishes and a slightly more attention-grabbing appearance package. Unlike the Raptor, which has been completely revised to make it capable of off-road ‘Baja-style’ racing.
2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 Engine
Ford’s strategy is a clever one. Despite shimmering reports so far of the 2.0-liter engine’s drivability, larger-capacity engine available means buyers who don’t trust downsizing can still opt for a Ranger and boast the largest engine limit in the ute portion – shy of a V8-controlled, privately changed over, American import.
It likewise removes itself from the Raptor with this engine, a remainder 3.2-liter five-cylinder producing 147kW at 3000rpm and 470Nm from 1750–2500rpm, and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Ford’s strategy is a clever one. Keeping the more established, larger-capacity engine available means buyers who don’t trust downsizing can still opt for a Ranger and boast the largest engine capacity of a V8 powered, locally converted, American import.
2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 Exterior
In terms of design, this is a relatively light touch-up with the facelift largely limited to just the front bumper design and a new grille, with the central horizontal bar presently split along its length into two thin areas.
Available as a regular, super (extended), or double cab, the new Ranger now features four-wheel drive as standard. As with the previous generation, there are four trim levels (XL, XLT, Limited and Wildtrak) although there will be a number of special editions like the Raptor and others.
The current generation, the T6, hit European dealerships in 2012, but it is already one of the oldest models on the market. A major facelift in 2016 helped the Ranger achieve Euro-6 status, and this second update serves as a stopgap until the next all-new model comes out in 2022 – which is expected to also be sold as the Volkswagen Amarok.
2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 Interior
Ford is one of the leaders with regards to wellbeing hardware, too, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, tyre pressure monitoring, traffic sign recognition, driver fatigue checking, versatile voyage control with speed limiter, back camera, front and rear park sensors, lane-keeping assist, and semi-autonomous self-parking. There are likewise six airbags including full-length window ornament airbags, hill descent control, rollover mitigation, and electronic stability control.
Infotainment also lauds its advantages over competitors, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen boasting inbuilt satellite navigation and digital radio, CD player, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is not only feature-packed, but also hosts one of the clearest and easiest to use interfaces to interact with. Indeed, even the six-speaker sound framework is punchy, though it’s far from a premium sound system.
As vehicle like as the lodge may show up superficially, at its heart it is still a commercial vehicle, so aside from the contrasting stitching atop the dash, dust, knocks and scuffs. For use on-street, the five-chamber motor is a decent un. Given the Wildtrak’s near 2.3-tonne heft, it’s not too swift to move from a standstill, but at the same time you’ll hardly be a nuisance to other road users either.
Driven quietly, the driveline will as a rule upshift only in front of pinnacle torque at 1750rpm, yet feels none the worse for it. However, slip the apparatus selector over to ‘game’ or assume responsibility for riggings physically, and it becomes much easier to access full grunt for towing or while heavily laden.
For the best outcomes, the Wildtrak feels most offset with some weight stacked into the tub, but a local engineering and development program has delivered one of the most settled and comfortable utes in the segment. The guiding isn’t needlepoint sharp, however is still fast enough to make the Ranger feel practically agile.
2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 Price
As observed here, furnished with a 6AT and inline-five motor, pricing tips a not-insignificant $63,290 before on-road costs. Step down to a manual for $2200 less, or up to the 10kW/20Nm more powerful 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder and 10-speed auto from the Raptor for $1500 extra.
Four-wheel drive is standard for the Wildtrak, while other Ranger grades offer a Hi-Rider 4×2 driveline as an alternative.