An all-new Ford Ranger, which is being developed by Ford in collaboration with Volkswagen as part of the automakers’ recently formed partnership, is set to debut in the next couple of years. But in the meantime, the Australian Ranger lineup is receiving a host of updates. Ford recently announced XL Special Edition, XLT Fully Loaded, and heavy duty option packages for its mid-size pickup, and has now revealed that it’s bringing back the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X, as well as updating the Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X makes its return as an upgraded version of the regular Wildtrak, but comes with a claimed $6,000 in extra features for only $2,000 more. The Wildtrak X sports 18 inch unique matte black wheels with a +35 offset, which pushes them out further than the +55 offset of the regular Wildtrak’s wheels.
The Wildtrak X also receives black fender flares and a black push bar with an LED light bar, as well as a snorkel. Both Wildtrak models get bi-LED projector headlights in place of the outgoing HID units, and are available in a new pearlescent Alabaster White paint finish as a $650 option. A new power roller tonneau cover rounds out the Wildtrak X’s new features.
The Ranger Raptor has also received one minor update – a factory-applied spray-in bedliner that’s covered by Ford’s unlimited mile warranty and is said to protect against slipping, scratching, and gouging.
All Ranger models now include FordPass Connect, which allows owners to lock and unlock their pickup, start the engine remotely (automatic transmission only), find where it’s parked, and check tire pressure from their smartphone, among other useful features.
The newly updated Australian Ford Ranger lineup is in showrooms now. As far as pricing goes, the Wildtrak starts out at $62,090 Australian ($45,617 USD), while the Wildtrak X features an MSRP of $64,090 ($47,086 USD), and the Ranger Raptor starts out at $77,190 ($56,711).