New goodies for Ranger Raptor, Wildtrak and Wildtrak X
On the back of a massive increase in competition from the new 2021 Isuzu D-MAX and an improved HiLux, Ford has given its ute heavyweights a boost.
FORD’S Ranger line-up continues to improve, with updates and optional extras being added to the 2020 model range, including the return of the rugged Wildtrak X, alongside upgraded Wildtrak and Ford Performance Ranger Raptor variants.
Set to arrive in dealerships this week, the improved offerings join the hard working XL, XLS and XLT, with were recently bolstered with fresh options. The Wildtrak X will now also sport the improved comfort and capability afforded on the Wildtrak.
This includes new high-performance Bi-LED headlights for greater vision ahead, and increased vehicle visibility to other road users. The new lighting system replaces the previous Wildtrak X’s HID projector headlights.
Aesthetically, the upgraded lights are distinguished by a new square lamp design in place of the previous circular versions. In addition, the Wildtrak X now features a power roller shutter as standard for more convenience and usability.
The new roller shutter can be activated three ways, via the key fob, a dash mounted switch, or from a button within the Wildtrak X’s tub. The new design brings a sleeker lid that liberates additional load space.
In addition to the other updates, including FordPass Connect, the ‘X’ factor for Wildtrak X lies in unique 18-inch alloy wheels with +35 offset in tough matte black finish, and black fender flares.
A black nudge bar, complete with an LED light bar for improved night-time vision, and a pillar-mounted snorkel are also included.
Reflecting the increasing call for greater personalisation, the Wildtrak X, along with Wildtrak and XLT, now offers the popular ute’s first pearlescent exterior colour, Alabaster White.
Raptor customers now benefit from a standard Tough Bed spray-in bed-liner for greater durability, strength and usability when compared to a ‘drop in’ or aftermarket bed liner. It’s a welcome addition to an already heavily specified model.
Since its introduction in 2018, the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor has been updated with features including electric front seats and upgraded Bi-LED headlights.
Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection was also standardised across the line-up, including the Ranger Raptor in 2019, and most recently the FordPass Connect embedded modem was rolled out across the range.
This ‘connected car’ technology pairs with the FordPass smartphone app to unlock a range of new connected services and remote vehicle functions to simplify the Ranger ownership experience.
In addition to a five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warranty, every Ranger is eligible for the Ford Service Benefits program, designed to keep customers on the road longer, at participating Ford dealerships.
With long 15,000km/12-month service intervals, A and B log-book services for the first four years/60,000km are set at a maximum of $299 per service.
Further adding to the ownership experience, Ford Service Benefits also bring Ranger owners a Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership including Roadside Assistance, and sat-nav map updates.
The updated Ford Ranger Wildtrak, Ford Ranger Wildtrak X and Ford Performance Ranger Raptor are now available in Ford Australia showrooms with pricing starting from $62,090 (plus on-roads).
This article first published as "Ford Performance Ranger Raptor, Wildtrak and Wildtrak X score updates" on Exhaust Notes Australia.