Visually, the Wildtrak stands out from the standard Ranger thanks to dark gray accents on the grille and the front bumper, fog lights, blacked-out fender vents, dark gray mirror caps and a standard roof rack. The back end gains dark-tinted tail lamps and a gray bumper, while model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped by off-road tires and Wildtrak decals at the bottom of the front doors finish off the look.
The upscale treatment continues inside the cabin with two-tone upholstery, soft-touch materials, and a sprinkling of dark chrome trim on the dashboard and on the door panels. All told, the Ranger Wildtrak is closer to a premium SUV than it is to the work truck that it was when it started out in life.
Wildtrak buyers can choose from a long list of electronic driving aids including lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and a driver impairment monitor. Additionally, the Wildtrak comes standard with Ford’s touch screen-based SYNC 2 infotainment system, parking sensors on both ends, and a rear-view camera.
The Blue Oval has not made any changes under the hood, meaning the Wildtrak is available with a 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes nearly 200 horsepower and a generous 246 foot-pounds of torque. Four-wheel drive comes standard, and the truck is fitted with an automatic transmission.
Ford has not revealed how much of a premium the Wildtrak carries over the regular Ranger, but pricing is of little interest to us because the pickup will not be sold on our shores.