The United States is still not getting the all-new global Ford Ranger, but the United Kingdom is set to receive the top-of-the-line Wildtrak edition.
The name "Wildtrak" doesn't leave much to the imagination, and the truck is equipped with Duratorq diesel engines only. The smaller mill is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder with 148 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The larger is the 3.2-liter inline-five developing 197 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Unsurprisingly, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are both on the menu. This is for overseas consumption after all.
With a 21.2-gallon fuel tank onboard, the Ranger Wildtrak is ready to take on the wild, whether it's in nature or today's urban sprawl. An aggressive appearance was needed to attract attention, and 18-inch alloy wheels look to blend in with the sports hoop and roof rack. Special Wildtrak graphics and badges seek to separate this Ranger from the rest.
Encountered a flood? The Ranger can wade through waters standing up to 31.5 inches tall. The truck has 9 inches of ground clearance - not exactly F-150 SVT Raptor territory but a good amount, nonetheless.
When there's towing to be done, Ford states certain Rangers can pull close to 7400 pounds, presumably with the most powerful five-cylinder diesel. Inside, we wouldn't describe the Wildtrak as spartan. The seat material combines leather and cloth and there are 23 total storage spaces. Other features don't scream work truck either, as Bluetooth, USB and iPod ports, and air conditioning are included. A five-inch navigation screen is available separately.
The Ranger Wildtrak goes on sale in the U.K. this November, and the global Ranger will be driven on roads in 180 markets.