Ford adds the Ranger we’ve always wanted

6 February, 2013 | by Lance Branquinho

As orange as many a Focus ST. But in bakkie format. Now available in 4×4 too.

When Ford’s latest Ranger was launched 2011, there was only one thing that really bothered: the lack of a Wildtrack 4×4 derivative.

The Wildtrack, with its burnt orange paint and range of styling add-ons and cabin accoutrements (it has orange leather seats, for instance), is a double-cab bakkie for those who don’t suffer shyness – at all.

A clever cargo-management system adds to its go-anywhere appeal and for nearly a year and a half Ford Ranger fan-people have been trying to figure out why Ford would not market a 4×4 version of the Wildtrack.

Well, wonder no more: because it’s here. Ford South Africa announced this morning that it would offer the Ranger Wildtrack in 4×4. The exact mechanically specification sees Ranger’s six-speed automatic supported by the low-range transfer case, powered by that rather uniquely configured Duratorq TDCi 3.2-litre five-cylinder: good for 147kW and 470Nm.

Yes, we know, it’s only a styling package. But if you are not a conformist double-cab bakkie owner, require occasional 4×4 ability and like orange a lot (perhaps having traded in a previous generation Focus ST), then this new Wildtrack 4×4 is target marketed just for you.

Prices? Well, amongst all the fanfare Ford’s forgot to release them. We will update as soon as they realise their oversight.






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