Wildtrak X and Tremor added to new-look Ford Ranger line-up

Ford’s revamped Ranger line-up has gained a brace of new models, taking the total to seven.

Both the Wildtrak X and Tremor will be specced for keener off-roading, with longer travel suspension and Bilstein’s high-performance, position-sensitive dampers.

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Extra technology includes Trail Control – an off-road cruise mode that automatically manages acceleration and braking to maintain a target speed – and Trail Turn Assist, which can reduce the turning radius by up to 25%.

And there’s a new “flexible rack” system that allows longer items such as ladders and planks to be carried above the roof, rather than being wedged between tailgate and cab.

The Wildtrak X is the fancier of the two. It gains 26mm in ride height and 30mm in track width compared with the regular Wildtrak, plus has a heavier-duty power steering system and protective underbelly bash plate.

Exterior upgrades include an “asphalt black” grille surround and bumper H-bar, blacked-out Ford ovals, black 17in alloys and white-lettered all-terrain tyres.

Inside, buyers get slightly impractical-sounding suede-trimmed seats, posher dashboard stitching and a mix of soft-touch materials.

The powertrain is pretty standard, with Ford’s 2-litre EcoBlue bi-turbo engine, tuned to produce 205hp and 500Nm of torque, running through a 10-speed automatic transmission and new full-time four-wheel-drive system.

Consumption is estimated to be 27.4mpg.

Tremor coming

The Tremor, meanwhile, is based on the more workaday XLT, but still shares its chassis, technology and four-wheel-drive setup with the Wildtrak X.

Though generally lower key, it still gets a tubular sportsbar, cast-aluminium side steps and exposed twin front tow hooks.

The seats and floor feature water-resistant, easy-clean vinyl trim and an optional pre-wired overhead switch with six inputs should make it easy to fit winches, LED light bars and the like.

Both will tow 3.5t and have payloads of just over 1t.

Order books for the new models opened last month, with deliveries slated for August 2023.

Other Ranger options, in order of spec and price, are the XL, XLT, Platinum, Wildtrak and Raptor.

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