Ford reveals Ranger Wildtrak X, another off-road spin-off

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Words: Matthew Hansen
20 Oct 2020

Ford New Zealand has confirmed another new trim-level for its wildly popular Ranger line-up, called the Wildtrak X. The model represents a new flagship variant for the nameplate, discounting the specialist Raptor.

It’s the second adventure-themed Ranger to be confirmed for the Kiwi market in as many months, following Ford’s September confirmation of the Ranger FX4 Max — both models aiming to capitalise on the growing popularity of go-anywhere, do-anything utes.

“Ford continues to adapt, grow and expand the Ranger offering, bringing more targeted, specific capabilities and attributes to customers to help them meet any challenges they face; whether at work or on the weekend,” says Ford New Zealand Managing Director Simon Rutherford.

“Now with Ranger Wildtrak X, customers can get even more out of their off-road adventures.”

The Wildtrak X is based on the 2.0-litre Wildtrak, meaning it comes with the same 157kW/500Nm bi-turbo diesel as the Raptor and Everest. As is tradition for the power unit, it comes exclusively paired to Ford’s 10-speed automatic.

On top of the Wildtrak’s standard equipment, the X adds bespoke 18-inch wheels with a +35 off-set, new black wheel-arch extensions to accommodate the wider track, a nudge bar, an LED light bar, and a snorkel mounted to the A-pillar — aiding in the engine’s breathability while tackling dusty terrain or wading through water.

For reference, the FX4 Max unveiled last month comes with the same engine, but since it’s based on the standard FX4 it misses out on some of the Wildtrak’s tech features. There’s also no nudge bar, light bar, or snorkel a la the new X. On the flipside, though, it gains a set of Fox Racing shockers (like a Raptor, but without the hit in towing capability), a suspension lift, wider track, and all-terrain BF Goodrich tyres for $69,990.

The Wildtrak X, meanwhile, retails for $75,490. Ford claims that the extras are of a $7000 value, making the $2000 premium over a standard Wiltrack 2.0-litre a bit of a bargain. Ford plans to bring 150 examples into the country and, going on the nameplate’s sales data, they’ll be gone fast.

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