New Ranger Wildtrak makes debut 28 | 02 | 2011

    FORD'S NEW Ranger Wildtrak will arrive in Scottish dealerships in November after being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show tomorrow. The all-new sporty compact pick-up promises to deliver impressive power and safety, excellent fuel efficiency and significant capability.

    Utilising a whole suite of technologies, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP), the Ranger is also fitted with technologies such as satnav and Bluetooth voice control. Selected European versions will also achieve a best-in-class towing capacity of 3350kg.

    Everything is new from the ground up, with everything changed except its name. Designed and developed in Australia, Ranger will be offered as a complete family of compact pick-ups with three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drive trains, two ride heights and up to four series choices to suit every pocket and market.

    The aggressive and sporty stance of the new Ranger line-up is enhanced for the range-topper, Wildtrak. There is 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 vehicle a dark sporty look.

    “Wildtrak's aggressive look and bold new graphics are a perfect fit for those who appreciate a sporty and more expressive image," Craig Metros, chief designer of the all-new Ranger, explained. "It will look fantastic transporting the latest quad bike or jet ski for their weekend getaways."

    Sitting on 18 alloys, the Wildtrak also comes with a roof rack and a sports hoop which enhance its profile. Exclusive Wildtrak badging and graphics help to set it apart from other lifestyle vehicles.

    There's a choice of two state-of-the-art common-rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesels and new fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions that serve up more power and torque.

    The new, Dagenham-built,  2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel delivers peak torque output of 375Nm and power output of 148bhp, whilst a highly responsive and efficient new 3.2-litre 5-cylinder diesel produces a powerful 470Nm of torque is power rated at 198bhp. Both new powertrains have been developed and refined to deliver excellent fuel economy that is among the best in class.

    Inside the cabin, three passengers can easily fit in the second row of the Wildtrak, and with 23 storage spaces in the cabin, Ranger offers more practical stowage than any competitor. A deep centre console bin will keep up to six cans of drinks cool, while the glove box is large enough to accommodate a 16in laptop.

    Ranger Wildtrak also comes with Bluetooth audio streaming, USB and iPod connectivity, plus there's voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, air-conditioning and phone; and it offers a five-inch colour screen with satellite navigation.

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