Johannesburg - Last week Ford revealed the facelifted version of the global-spec Ford Ranger in XLT guise, and since then Ford SA has released pictures of the Wildtrak version, while also confirming that the upgraded bakkie will go on sale here in 2019, along with the new Raptor flagship.
Like its range counterparts, the Wildtrak gets a redesigned front bumper and grille and as before this sporty model is set apart by a dark grey colour scheme for the grille and wing mirrors.
There will be a clearer visual distinction between the different models, with bumper designs and colours reflecting the unique character of each model.
New technologies will also debut with the 2019 Ranger, Ford SA confirming that Pre-Collision Assist with Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (including vehicle and pedestrian detection) will be offered on select models, as will Active Park Assist.
In addition, Ford has made suspension changes across the range, aimed at improving the ride and reducing body roll.
New 2-litre twin-turbo diesel
As previously reported, Ford’s new 2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that made its debut in the Raptor will also be offered in other Ranger derivatives - likely XLT and Wildtrak.
The advanced new engine, which produces 157kW and 500Nm, is paired with Ford’s 10-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The engine will also be built in South Africa on a brand new assembly line in Struandale.
Ford is not giving up on the current ‘tried and tested’ engines, however, with the existing 3.2-litre five-cylinder (147kW/470Nm) and 2.2-litre four-cylinder (118kW/385Nm) turbodiesel motors being carried over from the previous range to complement the new engine.