Ford Australia has released pricing and specifications for the limited-run Ranger Wildtrak X, a highly specified and more adventure-focused version of the its top-selling ute.
Sitting between the current Wildtrak and Raptor models, Ford claims the Wildtrak X "heralds a more off-road focused, highly capable and outdoors oriented model, combining Ranger’s capability with the comfort, convenience and high-spec of the Wildtrak".
When the Wildtrak X lands in local showrooms this month, prices will start at $65,290 plus on-road costs for the 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel model, while specifying the 2.0-litre four-pot bi-turbo diesel takes the ticket up to $66,790 before on-road costs – a premium over the Wildtrak grade, though Ford says there's $6000 of added value.
The Wildtrak X is distinguishable by its new 18-inch alloy wheels with +35mm offset in matte black finish, black fender flares, a black nudge bar with LED light bar, an A-pillar mountain snorkel, and a dark finish for the front grille, lower bumper area and door handles.
Inside, the Wildtrak X carries the high level of specification from the Wildtrak, including leather-appointed seats, orange stitching for the seats, steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake, an 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with keyless entry and push-button start.
As for driver technology, the Ranger Wildtrak X gets the full suite on offer for the ute range, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, hill descent control, hill launch assist, an electronic differential at the rear, tyre pressure monitoring, and active park assist.
As noted earlier, the Wildtrak X will be available with both the 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel and 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel.
The former is fitted as standard six-speed automatic transmission, while the latter scores a 10-speed auto. Regardless of powertrain, the Wildtrak X maintains its 3500kg maximum towing capacity, though the bi-turbo model does offer 30kg extra payload (950kg v 920kg).
Buyers are able to purchase the Wildtrak X this month, three months before the updated MY20 line-up is scheduled to lob Down Under. CarAdvice understands the Wildtrak X will be based on the current model and remain on sale until the updated range arrives in showrooms, limited to 'around 1000 units'.
The Ranger continues to be Ford's top-seller in Australia, and also beat out arch-rival, the Toyota HiLux, in the 4x4 ute category on August's VFACTS sales charts.
However, limited 4x2 sales compared to its nemesis meant the Ranger once again took second spot in the overall rankings, with 3181 vehicles registered for August (down 9.5 per cent on the same month in 2018).
You can read the full rundown of August's new vehicle sales here.
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Ford Ranger Wildtrak X pricing
- Wildtrak X 3.2 - $65,290 (3.2TD, 6AT)
- Wildtrak X 2.0 - $66,790 (2.0TTD, 10AT)
All prices exclude on-road costs