Planning to get a brand new Ford Ranger soon? If you are, you might want to wait until next year since the Blue Oval recently launched an updated version of the sixth-generation pick-up last month. Sporting minor design changes here and there, the refreshed Ranger now resembles the U.S.-spec model more with a bolder front grille and additional highlights/accents.
But what if you wanted your Ranger to be a bit more aggressive? Well, Ford Australia was able to do just that with the 2021 Ranger Wildtrak X. As the name implies, the Wildtrak X serves as the 'most extreme' version of the Ranger Wildtrak. It's no Raptor, but it sure looks mean.
Just like the 2020 Wildtrak X, the 2021 update features a wide array of upgrades over the standard Wildtrak. It gets a new nudge bar at the front with a built-in LED lightbar, gloss black wheel arches and side steps, a unique black front grille with prominent Saber Orange accents, and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels that are also finished in black.
Inside, Ford was also busy upgrading the Ranger Wildtrak X's cabin. It gets illuminated side sill scuff plates, and a special seat trim with distinct accent colors.
Under the hood, the Wildtrak X is powered by a 2.0-liter Bi-turbo diesel engine which generates 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. With it, Ford claims the Wildtrak X has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kg. The long-lived 3.2-liter turbodiesel is still available on the Australian-spec Wildtrak X and continues to make 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque. The 2.0-liter gets the new ten-speed automatic while the 3.2-liter comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
With Australia being the first country to receive the 2021 Ranger Wildtrak X, it may take a while before other markets get their hands on the hardcore Ranger. But with the Ranger one of Ford PH's best-selling models, we won't be surprised if the Wildtrak X makes its way here.