Ford Australia has tweaked its Ranger lineup, added some features across the range and introduced this striking Wildtrak X derivative. In light of the recent introduction of the special-edition Ranger Thunder in South Africa, the Blue Oval is evidently all too aware that half a dozen facelifted or all-new bakkies are coming to market in 2021 – and it wants to ensure its bakkie is ready for the onslaught.
Ford Australia has given its Ranger family some updates for the 2020 model year, but the headline here is the introduction of the Wildtrak X. Placed above your standard Wildtrak and below the awesome Raptor, the Ranger Wildtrak X features Bi-LED headlights, which are said to more effective than the standard lighting setup.
The vehicle also features a power roller shutter that can be controlled by either the key, a button in the load bin or a switch on the dash. There are also unique 18-inch alloy wheels in a matte black finish, black fender flares, a nudge bar with LED light bar and a snorkel for wading.
The Wildtrak X's exterior execution looks purposeful, but we think Ford could ramp up it's flagship offering's look even more...
The rest of the Ford Ranger range gains a new colour called Alabaster White, while the Ranger Raptor gets a sprayed-in loadbed liner. FordPass Connect app is now standard across the Ranger range in Australia too.
Last week, we reported that a number of facelifted or all-new bakkies would be introduced in South Africa next year, including the all-new Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50, a facelifted Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara, the GWM P-Series (or whatever it may ultimately be called) and others.
Perhaps the FordPass Connect app won't be offered in South Africa on the current bakkie, but it's very likely for the next model.
Considering that the next-generation Ranger (and its Volkswagen Amarok cousin) aren't due to arrive until 2022, Ford's likely to unleash a number of special edition packages to keep its long-serving double cab relevant... We'd love to see some more variations in the portfolio for the South African market and this Wildtrak X looks particularly cool!
Local SA Ranger fans do have the badass-looking Ranger Thunder, which was introduced in August 2020, but we'd be very surprised if that's the last to come from the Ranger.
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The Ranger Wildtrak X features a cool LED light bar as well as a nudge bar.