We Spy the Wicked New Wildtrak

The all new Ranger was unveiled last week, ripping the spotlight off the new Hilux and now the battle is on for which will dominate people’s daydreams until they both launch in 2016.

Ford has revealed the Wildtrak version of its face-lifted Ranger and although opinion is split on which is the better looking bakkie, one thing is certain: choosing a baas-bakkie has never been harder.

With a reputation for being daring and vibrant, the new Wildtrak takes the swagger one step further with a more vibrant look inside and out. They’ve even spiced up the much loved orange paint option to make it even more eye-catching than before.

“We wanted to push the Wildtrak’s orange further to give it a fun, tough feeling,” design manager Dave Dewitt explained.

The new front end is impressive and imposing, hopefully we should see this bold new facia across the Ranger fleet.

Looks To Thrill

The Wildtrak model swops chrome for a dark metallic gray finish on the grille, a more pronounced bumper and cladding on the door mirrors, bed rails and taillights.

The wild Ranger is given yet another helping of aesthetic appeal with 18-inch alloys, rectangular fog lights and palette of Pride Orange, Cool White, Black Mica, Aluminium Metallic and Metropolitan Grey to choose from.

However, the Wildtrak retains its interior splashes of orange with accented stitching on the soft-touch dashboard and the sexy eight-way power adjustable seats. As with its upper-range siblings, dials and driver info feature a dual-TFT instrument cluster, while an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Sync2 connectivity sit in the centre console.

Upgraded Suspension, Engines

Not content at just giving their MVP an makeover, Ford has gone under the hood and tinkered with the engines, suspension and sound-proofing to provide a better overall driving experience.

The 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel has the same outputs of 147kW and 470Nm but according to the blue oval engineers, they’ve have improved the exhaust gas recirculation system to improve efficiency by up to 18%. The 2.2-litre engine gets a little more muscle with power increasing from 110kW to 118kW while maximum twisting force remains at 385Nm.

Safety tech reaches new heights in this new model, as it comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Alert, Driver Impairment Monitor and Lane Keeping Aid. Hopefully this will go some way to reducing your monthly insurance premiums and blood pressure whenever boetman borrows the bakkie for date night.

Although the Wildtrak is known as the bling bakkie to have, its offroad chops can’t be disregarded. It has an electronically controlled transfer case, 230mm ground clearance and 800mm water-wading ability. We’re thoroughly excited to see this beast in the steel and better yet – parked next to the new Hilux for what should be the shoot out of next year.

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Source : The Namibian