Ford Australia has added a new Ranger Wildtrak X as an intermediate stage between the popular Wildtrak and hardcore Raptor variants, combining bi-turbo four-cylinder power with permanent four-wheel drive.
- 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X Pricing and Specs
- Added off-road oriented model between Wildtrak and Raptor
- 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel only, but requires AdBlue
- Starting at $75,990 plus road costs
Ford Australia will introduce a new variant of the 2023 Ford Ranger Line-up – the Wildtrak X, due for release in the second half of 2023.
ford says the ranger Wildtrak X was designed as a robust off-road variant of its popular Ute, which is between the existing Wildtrak and Raptor variants in terms of both price and equipment.
Starting at $75,990 plus road cost, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is $4,800 more than the Ranger Wildtrak and $10,800 less than the Ranger Raptor — and introduces mechanical and technological changes to justify the price.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is powered by the familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine derived from the standard Wildtrak, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
However, the engine version of the Wildtrak X has been upgraded to meet the stricter Euro 6 emissions standards – making it the first Ranger model to require the use of AdBlue.
The switch reduces power to 150kW/500Nm – 4kW less than the standard bi-turbo engine and 34kW and 100Nm less than the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 available as an option on the Ranger XLT, Sport and Wildtrak (which is not available on the Wildtrak X).
The Ranger Wildtrak X features a full-time all-wheel-drive system shared with the V6 Ranger, as well as four-cylinder and V6 versions of the related Ford Everest SUV – rather than the part-time system found in other 2.0-litre Rangers -Variants.
Under the body, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X features unique Bilstein shock absorbers that feature End Stop Control Valve (ESCV) technology, which the automaker says offers better on-road comfort and off-road performance.
The addition of the new suspension and a set of 17-inch wheels with General Grabber AT3 tires (265/70R17) has resulted in a 30mm wider front and rear track width for the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X, as well as a 26mm wider ground clearance.
Ford says the Ranger Wildtrak’s 3500kg towing capacity is unaffected by the changes and carries over to the X.
Additional exterior changes to the Ranger Wildtrak X include Ford’s new ‘flexible shelving system‘, consisting of folding roof racks and a sliding luggage rack attached to the Ranger’s tub, allowing the owner to adjust its position between five preset positions – depending on the length of its items.
Cosmetic upgrades for the Ranger Wildtrak X include a new “off-road” grille design (with additional LEDs), a Cyber Orange accent stripe, a steel bash plate, cast aluminum side steps, a Wildtrak X badging, a black one Ford badge and a Ranger lettering on the hood.
Ford also painted the Ranger Wildtrak X’s grille surround, wheel lip, wheel arch vents, mirror autos, door handles and rear bumper Asphalt Black.
The Ranger Wildtrak X gets the Ranger Wildtrak premium package as standard, which includes Matrix LED headlights, a 10-speaker B&O sound system and overhead auxiliary switch.
Inside, the driver has three off-road driving modes available for additional support.
Ford’s Trail Turn Assist feature can apply brake pressure to the inside rear wheel while cornering at less than 12 mph – on a loose surface like dirt – which the automaker says increases the Ranger’s turning radius by up to 12 mph can reduce 25 percent.
Opposite the Ranger Raptor is Ford’s “Trail Control” mode, a slow cruise control that can be set to less than 20mph, allowing the driver to focus on navigating difficult terrain without worrying about increasing or decreasing speed to have to do.
Another mode derived from the Ranger Raptor is “Rock Crawl”, only available in the low-range 4WD mode, which locks the rear differential and gives the driver a unique throttle calibration for better control.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X interior gets leather-accented seats (with Miko suede inserts), Wildtrak X embroidery (seats, upper glove box, front and rear all-weather floor mats), a suede-lined glove box, instrument cluster cover, door panels, and center console rails.
Cyber Orange contrast stitching is found on the seats, steering wheel, shifter, doors and upper glove box.
Ford also equipped the Wildtrak X with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster from the Platinum and Raptor models, replacing the standard 8.0-inch display. A 12.4-inch infotainment touchscreen is retained.
The 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is scheduled to hit showrooms in the second half of the year.
2023 Ford Ranger Australian Prices
Note: List curated to include only crew cab pick-up variants in high model classes with all-wheel drive for the sake of brevity. All prices are exclusive of road costs.
- Ranger XLT Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4×4 – $61,990
- Ranger XLT Double Cab Pickup 3.0L Diesel V6 4×4 – $65,190
- Ranger Sport Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4×4 – $64,490
- Ranger Sport Double Cab Pick-Up 3.0L Diesel V6 4×4 – $67,690
- Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4×4 – $67,990
- Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab Pick-Up 3.0L Diesel V6 4×4 – $71,190
- Ranger Wildtrak X Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Bi-Turbo 4×4 – $75,990 (New)
- Ranger Platinum Double Cab Pick-Up 3.0L Diesel V6 4×4 – $76,990
- Ranger Raptor Double Cab Pick-Up 3.0L EcoBoost Gasoline V6 4×4 – $86,790
Note: All prices above are exclusive of road charges.
2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X adds (via Wildtrak):
- 2.0 liter four cylinder biturbo diesel engine (now required to run AdBlue)
- Bilstein shock absorbers
- 17″ wheels with 265/70 General Grabber AT3 tires
- Front and rear track width increased by 30mm, ground clearance increased by 26mm
- Flexible shelving system
- Off-road design grille (with additional LEDs)
- Matrix LED headlights
- Cyber Orange accent stripe
- Steel striking plate
- Cast aluminum running boards
- Wildtrak X emblem
- Black Ford emblem
- “Ranger” lettering on the bonnet
- Asphalt black grille surround, wheel lip, wheel arch vents, mirror cars, door handles and rear bumper
- Trail Turn Assist function
- Trail Control mode
- Rock crawl mode
- Leather Accent Seats (with Miko Suede)
- Wildtrak X embroidered seats, top glove box, front and rear all-weather floor mats
- Suede-trimmed glove box, instrument cluster cover, door panels and center console rails
- Cyber Orange contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel, shifter, doors and upper glove box
- Bang & Olufsen sound system with 10 speakers
- 12.4 inch infotainment screen
- Overhead auxiliary switch bank