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Is Wildtrak SA’s blingest bakkie?

2010-05-12 06:31
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model Wildtrak
Engine 3.0 TDCi
Power 115kW
Torque 380Nm
Service Plan 5 year/90 000km
Warranty 4 year/120 000km
Ford South Africa has added a 3.0 TDCi Wildtrak limited-edition double-cab to its Ranger bakkie line-up in a choice of two or all-wheel drive.

First shown at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the Wildtrak is finally available locally - with Ford having reserved 400 units for South African buyers.

Powered by the well known 3.0 TDCi engine (producing 115kW and 380Nm), the Wildtrak is only available in either rear- or four-wheel drive, shifting via a five-speed manual transmission.

Pseudo digitised Multi-Meter set takes pride of place atop of the fascia.

Sure looks wild

Mechanically identical to the double-cab Ranger, the Wildtrak’s host of styling trinkets are what sets it apart – and it sure looks outlandish.

Beyond the dubious decals, there’s a redesigned nudge bar up front, puddle lights (especially useful on muddied roads when you inexplicably have to stop at night to step outside) and indicator repeaters in the side mirrors.

From a utilitarian perspective the Armadillo load-box cover is a boon. The Wildtrack’s pièce de résistance though, is undoubtedly its diamond-cut 18-inch alloy wheels - which you’ll never want to take anywhere near any broken terrain…

The cabin embellishments include a neat bank of incline-, tilt- and compass bearing gauges above the fascia and Alcantara trim – which is just the sort of thing you want to sit upon with muddied shorts.

If you’re an absolute Ford Ranger freak (and with that 3.0 TDCi engine, who wouldn’t be?) then the (very) individualistic and urban styling of the Wildtrak might appeal.


Wildtrak 3.0TDCi 4x2 Double Cab  R375 990
Wildtrak 3.0TDCi 4x4 Double Cab  R421 870

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