New Ford Ranger Wildtrak @ Ross & Locke
Been out to Ross & Locke lately? ...me neither until I thought today would be a great day to test drive the next-gen Ford Ranger. The next-gen Ranger has just been released at Trinity Ford on the 11th of July so and with interest and orders peaking for months now the showroom in Cairns is a buzz with Ranger fans as the new ute finally arrived.
Anyways, with the clear blue sky of a crisp 19-degree winter’s morning I managed to swindle the keys to a demonstrator model Ford Ranger 2.0 bi-turbo Wildtrak straight off the showroom floor at Trinity Ford Cairns and headed south toward Gordonvale for a bit of fun at Ross & Locke.
Available only as a dual-cab 4x4, the Wildtrak sits at the top of the mainstream Ranger line-up, outgunned only by the Ranger Raptor.
First drive seems the new Ranger is significantly quieter than its predecessor. The wheelbase is 50mm longer and the track 50mm wider so the next-gen Ranger has a good-looking stance. The overall length and width are about the same as the old model which increases the approach and departure angles of the vehicle for the off-road enthusiast.
The ride is definitely smoother as the rear shocks are moved outboard. The suspension retains the independent double-wishbone and beam-axle leaf-spring combo. There is improved ride, handling and stability. The steering system remains electric-assist.
Inside the Wildtrak cabin is an incredible 12.0-inch portrait-style infotainment touch-screen (lesser models get a 10.1-inch screen), and the must haves like pull-out cup holders, ambient lighting and power-adjustable heated front seats (for days like today) trimmed in leather with Wildtrak identifiers.
Wildtrak external identifiers include a unique grille mesh and front fascia, grey 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres (including the spare), a bespoke integrated sports bar, roof rails, electric roller cover, aluminium tie-down rails on the load box and exterior puddle lamps and zone lighting.
Gear the Wildtrak shares with lower spec models includes the distinctive C-clamp LED running lights, LED headlights and fog lights, side steps, cargo bay illumination, a bed liner, 12-volt socket, a power tailgate lock, box capping and integrated load steps. For more on the details make sure you visit: https://trinityford.com.au/models/ford-nextgenranger/
Ford have re-developed the next-gen Ford Ranger with a strong focus in five key areas. These include: Stance and stability, towing, off-road capability, performance and driveability, and driver assist technology. Best you get into Trinity Ford Cairns and see how they have done in these areas and test drive the New Ford Ranger today.
Next thing you know you’ll be grabbing the family, hitching up the caravan or boat to your new Ford Ranger and rediscovering all the great outdoor locations Far North Queensland has to offer.
Mark Baty - Trinity Auto Group