Ranger Wildtrak Enhances Tough Truck Lineup
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - June 29, 2012:The all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak has landed.
The arrival of the sporty compact pick-up truck into Ford Dealers nationally now brings to 21 the number of models available in the all-new Ranger lineup.
General Marketing Manager, Ford Australia, David Katic said; "The no-compromise Wildtrak offers customers comprehensive equipment levels, smart technology and rugged good looks that complement the already expansive list of standard features and outstanding dynamics of the all-new Ranger."
Wildtrak is the final model to join the all-new Ranger lineup with supply of all models resuming again after flooding in Thailand.
"We’ve experienced unprecedented demand for the Wildtrak with the vehicles arriving now filling orders well into Q4 this year. The number of other Ranger variants arriving has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year so dealers are starting to get good stocks of all models." Katic said.
Like the Ranger XL and XLT models, the range-topping Wildtrak delivers impressive power and safety, excellent fuel efficiency and significant on and off-road capability.
To set it apart from the crowd, the new Wildtrak gains eye-catching detailing, exuding a powerful presence bolstered by the latest in-car comfort and technologies and a bold new hero colour – Chilli Orange.
Delivering the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the new Wildtrak also utilises a suite of advanced technologies, including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) incorporating ABS, Hill Launch Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Load Adaptive Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Roll Over Mitigation and Emergency Brake Light.
The Wildtrak is also fitted with a host of comfort and safety technologies like a rear view camera system with rear view mirror display, satellite navigation and Bluetoothwith voice control, features more commonly found on premium cars.
Designed and engineered in Australia from the ground up, the Wildtrak – like the other new Ranger models - is the first commercial vehicle to be built under the One Ford strategy as part of a global product program, bringing together the full engineering expertise of Ford around the world.
The arrival of the Wildtrak is a welcome addition to the Ranger family of compact pick-up trucks – with three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drive trains, two ride heights and up to three series choices to suit every pocket and market.
Ranger Wildtrak styling
The aggressive and sporty stance of the all-new Ranger line-up is enhanced for the range-topper, Wildtrak.
Chilli Orange and Black Mica trucks gain a unique colour split on the front and designers masked out the feature line on the fascia and contrasted it by highlighting the lower intake. The same accent colours were used on the side mirrors, door handles and side air vents to give the truck a sporty look.
The Wildtrak also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and an aerodynamic sports bar which all enhance its profile.
Exclusive Wildtrak badging and graphics are designed to set it apart from other lifestyle vehicles.
Apart from the eye-catching Chilli Orange hero colour, Wildtrak is complemented by four other colour choices, Cool White, Black Mica, Metropolitan Grey and Highlight Silver.
Car-like levels of comfort and features
The purposeful interior of the Wildtrak echoes the sporty look of the exterior. A special hydrographic finish on the centre console around the audio system is reminiscent of strong but lightweight materials like carbon fibre.
The seat trim is a combination of leather and woven cloth inspired by sportswear with ventilated sections. To accentuate the premium feel of the interior, there is contrast stitching and a discrete strip on the seat upper and bolster, all in distinctive Wildtrak Orange.
The cabin of Wildtrak has been designed to provide exceptional spaciousness and comfort. For example, three passengers can comfortably fit in the second row of the Wildtrak. Critical design attention has been paid to accommodating rear passengers, who are provided with ample knee room and foot clearance between the B-pillar and the rear seat.
With 23 storage spaces in the cabin, Wildtrak offers more practical stowage than any competitor. A deep centre console bin will keep up to six 375ml cans cool, while the glove box is large enough to accommodate a 16-inch laptop computer. Ample storage for mobile phones and other small items can be found in the console.
Fully equipped with the latest smart technology, the Wildtrak comes with Bluetoothaudio streaming, USB and iPod integration. Voice control allows customers to operate the radio, CD, iPod, USB, air-conditioning and phone. It also offers a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation.
More power, more torque
Driving the Wildrak is a powerful 3.2-litre TDCi Duratorq engine, tested to operate at 400 metres below and 4500 metres above sea-level. So whether the Wildtrak is driven along the beach on Fraser Island or climbing the road to Mount Kosciuszko, customers will have complete confidence that it is more than capable.
The 3.2-litre engine delivers 147 kW at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm with peak torque available from 1500 rpm to 2750 rpm.
The TDCi engine uses a variable geometry turbo-charger, which enables lower-end torque capability to improve launch and driveability, to optimise fuel efficiency.
The Wildtrak boasts a combined fuel economy figure as low as 9.4 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 248 g/km.
Innovative rear view camera system
An innovative Rear View Camera System on the Wildtrak shows you what’s going on at the back via a video image on the rear view mirror.
A wide-angle camera sends images to a screen incorporated within the electro-chromatic rear view mirror when reverse gear is engaged.
The camera’s low-light capability, combined with the intensity of the vehicle’s reversing lamps helps illuminate the rear in dark areas.
Drivers can also reverse with improved safety and accuracy thanks to marker lines superimposed on the screen image, showing the path of the vehicle based on the current steering angle.
Two yellow lines indicate the total width of the pickup including mirrors, along with additional coloured bars that sign-post distances of 0.3 metres, 1 metre and 2 metres.
A black dotted line marks the pickup’s centre line and is designed to assist the driver in lining up a tow hook with a caravan or trailer.
As well as the Rear View Camera System, the Wildtrak is also available with rear parking sensors that use ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper to measure the distance to the nearest objects.