Ford Ranger Wildtrak X launched with sliding rack, full-time 4WD

Updated Mar 27, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Currently available in Australia and New Zealand. 

The special edition Ford Ranger Wildtrak X makes its debut a few days after the release of the Stormtrak in the ASEAN market. Like the latter, the Wildtrak X is based on the third-gen Ranger, and it promises enhanced off-road capability while sporting a brusque, assertive exterior look.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X Reveal

To make it ready for adventures, the Ranger Wildtrak X gets a number of unique exterior bits. Chief among these is an improved version of the existing Wildtrak grille with integrated auxiliary LEDs. Further below is a steel bash plate for added protection. 

The side is then reinforced by cast aluminum side steps. Other parts found on the side of the Wildtrak X like its mirror caps, and door handles are colored in asphalt black for added style. 

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak X

Found on the bed of the Ranger Wildtrak X is the Ford Sliding Rack System. Note that this is the same cargo system that was fitted on the Stormtrak, and on the Wildtrak X, it also comes in the form of a sports bar that can be locked in different positions on the bed. This allows the truck to carry particularly long items like canoes, surfboards, etc. 

Further elevating the adventure-ready look of the Wildtrak X is a new Cyber Oranger Color, Wildtrak X badging, and a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in knobby all-terrain tires.

Step inside this new model and one will find a cabin that’s similar to the regular Wildtrak. It does get some unique interior bits like the embroidered Wildtrak X on the seat backs, floor mats, and glove box. Orange accents are likewise found on the seats, the gear shifter, the dashboard, and the steering wheel.

Wildtrak X rear

The Wildtrak X gets enhanced off-road-centric features

Like the Stormtrak, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X also uses a 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. At the maximum, the said powertrain is capable of making up to 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. 

Unlike the regular Ranger Wildtrak that uses a part-time four-wheel-drive (4WD) system, the Wildtrak X gets a more robust full-time 4WD with “Hi or Lo” drive modes.  Paired with the new position-sensitive Bilstein Dampers with external reservoirs and the new springs, the Wildtrak X makes for a highly capable offroad machine. 

Other driving features added to the 2023 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X include the trail turn assist and the trail control system. These two can aid the driver in dealing with difficult off-road situations through maneuverability and traction, respectively. 

Wildtrak X dashboard

The WIldtrak X's interior gets plenty of decorative bits

With regards to availability, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is being offered by the Blue Oval brand in New Zealand and Australia for a starting price of 81,622 AUD before taxes and other fees. That’s around Php 2.9 million at current exchange rates. 

Would you want to see the Ford Ranger Wildtrax X taking a romp out in the Philippine boonies? Do you think Ford Philippines should offer this beefed-up Wildtrak locally?

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Know more about Ford Ranger 2023

Ford Ranger

The 2023 Ford Ranger is a 4x4 or 4x2 pickup truck. It is the latest version of the said model, and as of its launch in the Philippine market, it has a total of eight different variants.

These are the top-spec Wildtrak 4x4, Wildtrak 4x2, Sport 4x4, Sport 4x2, XLT 4x2, XLS 4x2 AT, XLS 4x2 MT, and the entry-level XL 4x4. As of 2023, prices for these trims ranges from php 1,213,000 to Php 1,910,000.

Under the hood of the new Ranger are two-different diesel mills. For the Wildtrak 4x4, it uses a 2.0-liter biturbo that can churn out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It is also the sole trim that uses a 10-speed automatic tranny.

The rest of the all-new Ranger then gets a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that can produce up to 170 horsepower and 405 Nm of torque. Only the XLS 4x2 and the XL 4x4 may come with a six-speed manual. The other non-biturbo trims then use a six-speed automatic.

Size-wise, the all-new 2023 Ranger is 5,370mm long, 1,918mm wide, and 1,884mm in height. They also offer a wheelbase length of 3,270mm, and a ground clearance of 235mm.

Locally, the 2023 Ford Ranger faces the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, etc.

₱ 1,213,000 - ₱ 1,910,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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