Driven: updated Ford Ranger Wild-Trak
By Lebohang Kobeli
The updated Ford Ranger range was launched in South Africa in April 2019 and, given how favored this double-cab bakkie is, I was delighted to find out what makes it so famous.
Upon delivery I expected the ranger to be quite heavy and all over the place, yet I received quite the opposite. I took the ranger to Little Swift in Hartbeespoort where I went off-road to see what the ranger is all about. The roads were not harsh however the vehicle absorbed the bumps & noise from the gravel roads. Emphasis on the noise reduction thanks to an upgraded refinement that further translates to a 5% reduced NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), helped along by Ford’s active noise control system. By the way Hartbeespoort has beautiful views you should go there when you get the time.
The ranger has good ground clearance which allowed me to drive and park it in not so easy spaces. On the road I felt a bit of turbo lag however that’s no setback for the bakkie. In the bonnet you have a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engines with 157 kW/500 Nm bi-turbo, consumption being at 8.1 L/100 km. To reach such figures the ranger is assisted by the efficiency of its new 10-speed automatic transmission. Due to my heavy foot I averaged about 9.0L/100km
The Ford Ranger received a new front grille and bumper, with LED fog lights and HID headlights now with the inclusion of Daytime Running Lamps. Also new to the Wildtrak is the bonnet which gives the bakkie a more aggressive look. On the side-view nothing has been changed, however, ‘Wildtrak’ stickers have been placed on the driver and passenger doors and the boot lid. The side view remains unchanged and to help differentiate the Wildtrak from other models.
Further features are the 18-inch alloy wheels with dual-tone Y-spoke design. A grey coated arch behind the rear window and grey coated power folding mirrors which are fitted with puddle lamps. The rear is dominated by large ‘Ranger’ lettering. Also let’s not forget about the reverse camera. Exclusive to the Wildtrak is the saber metallic paint.
The cabin is suitably dark, with the Wild Trak now getting black leather treatment with orange stitching. Other interior features are the SYNC 3 infotainment system; now with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Keyless entry and a Push to Start button with Ford’s new Smart Key. There’s a load of new tech such as autonomous emergency braking for vehicles, as well as pedestrians, active park assist for parallel parking, lane keep assist, parking sensors and roll-over mitigation (part of the ESP System), with further roll stability control
Price and Specs
Price: R678 200
Engine: 2.0-litre i4 bi-turbo diesel
Gearbox: 10-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 8.1 L/100 km (claimed)
Power/Torque: 157 kW/500 Nm
Warranty: A four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year or unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year or unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year/90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.