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Ford announces special edition Ranger Wildtrak X


Ford's new special edition Ranger, the Wildtrak X

Ford has bolted $6,000 worth of accessories onto the already high-spec Wildtrak to create a new special edition.

A special-edition Ford Ranger, offering extra accessories on top of the already high-spec Wildtrak, will arrive in dealerships this month.

Wildtrak X pricing

Known as the Wildtrak X, Ford dealers will list the super ute at $65,290 for the 3.2-litre TDCi diesel and auto transmission. Those who want the more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-litre Bi-turbo will have to cough up $66,790. Both models are 4x4.

Ford was keen to point out that these additions would ordinarily cost $6,000, but they're only asking for a "mere" $2,000 over a standard Wildtrak.

Wildtrak X features

The cab of the Wildtrak X

So what makes this limited-run double cab more appealing than the ordinary Ranger Wildtrak? Ford Australia and New Zealand's CEO Kay Hart summed it up:

"The Wildtrak X brings the high equipment levels, rugged good looks and tools to take things up to the next level."

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X LED light bar

Here are some of the X's high points:

  • Mean wheels. The X has chunky 18-inch black alloys with 35mm offsets, which give the car a wider stance and fill out the wheel arches. Ford says this makes the Wildtrak X ready for mud.
  • Fender flares. The Wildtrak X has black wheel arches.
  • Black nudge bar. The limited-edition model has a darkened nudge bar with a powerful LED light bar for nighttime off-roading or camping.
  • Snorkel. Levelling up the Ranger's off-road readiness is a factory snorkel, allowing you to wade into deeper water. The snorkel also has the added benefit of drawing in cleaner air, as dust kicked up by the wheels won't be as thick higher up.
  • Charcoal front trim. Finishing off the external amendments, Ford has sprinkled the front end with charcoal trim pieces. The lower bumper, grille and door handles are all darker than normal.
  • Leather trimming. The interior has more leather appointments and is peppered with a contrast orange stitching. The seats, steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake gator all get this treatment.
  • Infotainment and off-road navigation. The Ranger has an 8-inch infotainment screen and has Ford's well-loved SYNC 3 system enabled. It also has a reversing camera and voice-controlled sat-nav. A neat addition for keen off-roaders is the mapping system's breadcrumbs feature. This drops waypoints that can be returned to later.
  • Keyless entry and a push-button start. These make for less hassle and mean you can avoid the struggle of pulling your key fob from the pocket of your skinny jeans.
  • Plenty of safety tech. The Wildtrak X has an extensive muster of safety aids. Highlights include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring and Active Parking Assist. Ford was the first on the market to put a non-passive parking assistant capable of parallel parking on a ute. Plus the electronic rear diff locker is a blessing for those who venture beyond paved roads.

Of course, as this ute is a Ranger (just with the "X-Factor" as the marketing team pitch it), it benefits from all the usual Ford servicing benefits. This means you'll get a lengthy five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and the Service Price Promise, among other plus points.

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