As Ford prepares to launch the all-new Ranger pickup truck sometime this year, the American carmaker has decided to share what its top-of-the-line variant will look like with the Ranger Wildtrak that was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show.
"From the introduction of the Ranger brand to Europe in 1997, the Ford Ranger has been a major player in the European pick-up segment," said Jesus Alonso, Ford of Europe's director for commercial vehicle marketing, sales and service. "This all-new global model offers high-level technologies and impressive efficiency and safety. We are starting a new chapter in the Ranger success story."
Befitting its role as the range-topping variant, the Ranger Wildtrak is equipped with Ford's new and powerful 3.2-liter, inline-five common-rail Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that puts out 197hp and 470Nm of torque for a class-leading towing capability of up to 3,350 kilograms and a payload capacity of 1,112 kilograms. In short, it has enough pulling power for it to pull a 160-ton steam locomotive out of its shed.
Ford claims the Wildtrak's engine also exhibits excellent fuel economy and with the fitted 80-liter fuel tank, this makes it as one of the vehicles with the longest range in its class.
Ford's take on the Wildtrak version of the Ranger means giving it a unique color split on the front as the designers masked out the fascia's feature line and contrasted it by highlighting the lower intake. The same accent colors were used on the side mirrors, door handles and side air vents to give the Wildtrak a dark sporty look.
The Wildtrak rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. It comes with a roof rack and a sports hoop to enhance its profile. Exclusive Wildtrak badging and graphics complete the entire package.
Despite its utilitarian origin, the Wildtrak is equipped with a whole suite of technologies commonly found on luxury cars like Electronic Stability Program, satellite navigation and Bluetooth voice control.
"The all-new Ranger is a very capable and composed vehicle both on- and off-road," said Alonso. "It has been designed as a global vehicle and combines the best of all worlds--exceptional safety, outstanding fuel economy, contemporary styling, interior comfort, cutting edge technologies, and class-leading towing and payload capabilities--in a one-tonne package that fits right in with a sporty lifestyle."
Designed and developed in Australia, the Ranger will be offered as a complete family of compact pickups and will be produced in Thailand, South Africa and Argentina for over 180 markets worldwide. It is also the first commercial vehicle to be built under the One Ford strategy as part of its global product program to bring together the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world.