2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrack Review

Reviews

There’s a lot to like about the 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrack including a supremely good-looking sporty exterior and interior features that maximise a customer’s adventure. According to the Ranger’s vice President “Trevor Worthington” it’s a “perfect fit for customers who want to combine genuine 4 x 4 capability with stand-out styling and premium features.”

Performance

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The Wildtrack’s driver-assisted technology makes for a supreme driving experience whether you are a tradie, weekend warrior or you’re loading the family up for adventurous weekends. The EPAS (electric power system) makes steering “light and manageable,” and is great for parking, cornering and acceleration / deceleration a breeze. The Wildtrack is also quieter and more fuel efficient due to EPAS.

The 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine powers the new Wildtrak. This workhorse puts out 147kw of power and 470Nm of torque. Improvements include increased towing capacity, fuel efficiency (by 18 percent) and an overall more powerful, refined and efficient vehicle. There’s also a 2.2-litre version of the Wildtrack for even greater fuel efficiency. This version consumes as little as 6.6litres/100km.

Not so good in the 2.2 litre:

  • Takes a while for the turbo to kick in on the Wildtrack
  • Can be sluggish
  • Can be noisy when you work the Wildtrack hard
  • Can be slow overtaking
  • Towing can be nosier than the 3.2 version

A few performance negatives:

  • When not loaded up can “shudder and buck on rough roads”
  • Steering lacks the precision of a passenger car
  • Steering feels light at parking speeds but is firm on the open road.

Exterior Styling

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The new Wildtrack is sophisticated. Finishes include projector headlamps, a bold “trapezoidal grille,” and strong dark metallic grey outboard “nostrils.” Side mirrors, door handles, side air vents, bed rails and tail lamps are also featured in this dark grey, which puts the Ranger’s sporty appearance on steroids. Dave Dewitt describes the Ranger’s new design as “focused, purposeful and a perfect companion for a weekend getaway with a surfboard, kayak or a quad bike.”

Here’s just a few features included in the new Wildtrack:

  • Rectangular fog lamps
  • A unique sports hoop emphasizing a more technical, refined appearance.
  • Sits high on exclusive machined 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Bold Wildtrak graphics
  • Available in ‘Pride’ orange, cool white, black mica, aluminium metallic and metropolitan grey
  • Ground clearance 230mm
  • Approach angle 28 degrees
  • Departure angle 25 degrees
  • Fording depth 900mm

Interior Styling / Tech

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The new Wildtrack’s interior has a lot on offer including a striking modern sporty look and a ‘car-like’ interior. There’s plenty of room between the driver and passenger, which is testament to the cabin’s width.

Dewitt says that ““From a design standpoint, everything on the new Wildtrak is very tough, inspired by tools and machinery. But the execution – the dark environment, the soft instrument panel top, the orange stitching punching through – is very modern and more like what you’d see in a top-end hot hatch. It’s tough, but it’s refined and sporty.”

Here are just some of the awesome new features in the new Wildtrack’s interior styling:

Seating, Doors & Temperature:

  • An eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat

  • Heated front seats with leather accents
  • Bold graphical elements and orange stitching that are tough, durable and sporty
  • Rear super cab gets a pair of upright rear seats, or area for pets / in-cabin storage behind the front seats.
  • Rear-hinged doors, which open at 90 degrees and combine with the fronts to create a cavernous aperture
  • The bench double cap rear seat will fit three with decent head and leg room.
  • Note: No rear air-conditioning vents
  • Two airbags, immediately in front of the driver and front passenger
  • Front-side airbags – which protect the bodies of the front occupants in side impacts
  • Side curtain airbags – which protect the heads of front and rear-seat occupants in side impacts
  • A roller shutter for the load area
  • Air-conditioning and power windows

Tech:

Infotainment - SYNC 2 in-car connectivity:

  • Voice commands, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play Motörhead” or “I’m hungry”
  • Climate controls
  • Entertainment system
  • Navigation system
  • Eight-inch touchscreen places with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation
  • A 240-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop or tablet computer

Driver Assist Technology:

  • Lane keeping alert and alert aid prevents drivers drifting out of a land at high speed
  • Adaptive cruise control maintains preset speed and distance from the vehicle ahead.
  • Front and rear park assist detects obstacles and gives audible warnings
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Electronic stability program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control
  • Driver impairment monitor to detect if the driver is drowsy

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Summary

Ford’s new Wildtrack Ranger is certainly impressive. If you have a thirst for adventure you’ll find that the Ranger Wildtrack 2016 is the “complete package.” According to Worthington at Ford “It’s the toughest, smartest, boldest Wildtrack we’ve ever made, and it’s ready to take on the world.

Specifications

  • Price from: $57,390 plus on-road costs
  • Warranty: 3yr/100,000km
  • Safety: 5 stars
  • Engine: 5-cylinder 3.2-litre turbodiesel, 147kW/470Nm
  • Transmission: 6-spd manual or automatic, 4WD
  • Thirst from: 9.4L/100km
  • Weight: 2271kg
  • Towing: 3500kg (braked)