Australia's New Ford Ranger Is Way More Rugged Than America's

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Like the Raptor, this Ford Ranger is forbidden in America.

The current Ford Ranger has been on sale in the US since 2019, but Ford has no plans to bring the Ranger Raptor to America. This isn't the only version of the Ford Ranger that's forbidden fruit in the US, however. Outside of the US, Ford also sells the off-road-focused Ranger Wildtrak. In Australia, Ford has just launched the new Wildtrak X, marking the return of the special edition model. Costing only $2,000 AUD ($1,449 USD) more than the regular Wildtrak, the Wildtrak X adds $6000 AUD ($4,349) worth of extras.

To improve the Ranger's capability, the Wildtrak X adds unique matte black 18-inch alloy wheels, black fender flares, a black nudge bar with LED light bar, and a snorkel.

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At the rear, a new power roller shutter can be activated using the keyfob or a button in the tub from inside the cabin featuring a new mechanism design that adds an extra 3.14 inches of load space between the tailgate and canister and extra 0.7 inches of height clearance. As part of the 2020 update, the Ranger XLT, Wildtrak and Wildtrak X are also with a pearlescent Alabaster White paint finish as a $650 AUD ($471 USD) option along with other 'prestige paint' finishes.

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The Blue Oval automaker's FordPass Connect system is also available as standard on all versions of the Ranger, allowing owners to remotely lock and unlock the doors, start the engine, track the truck when parked, and check fuel levels and tire pressures using a smartphone.

Available powertrains include a 3.2-liter five cylinder turbo diesel with 197 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic and a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel mated to a ten-speed automatic. In the US, the Ford Ranger is only available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

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