The Ford Ranger is Europe’s best selling pickup boasting a record 34.9 per cent annual segment share in Europe and 36.7 per cent in the UK last year and more than 5,000 sold year-to-date. If that was not enough Ford have decided to introduce two new limited edition models the Ranger Stormtrak and Ranger Wolftrak although it will be October by the time they are in the showrooms.
The Ranger Stormtrak is based on the very popular Wildtrak series, and features Ford’s Bi-turbo 213PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine developing 500Nm of torque and a selectable four-wheel drive system combined with an advanced 10‑speed automatic gearbox.
All Stormtrak’s will have a unique Rapid Red complemented by an exclusive red grille insert, there are LED headlights and underbody protection helping to provide a ‘serious road presence’. If you don’t like the idea of a red pickup then Frozen White and Blue Lightning paint options are also available, all share an exclusive bonnet and set of body side decals, chunky three-dimensional badging and a black rear bumper and sports hoop.
In addition a bedliner, load divider and Ford’s new Power Roller Shutter are included as standard and even with all theses extras the Ranger Stormtrak retains the 1.0-tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight.
Inside there are exclusively designed seats featuring the same leather as Ford’s iconic Ranger Raptor, accentuated with embroidered Stormtrak logos and bolsters trimmed with technical fabric. Tinted Graphite interior surfaces and red stitching throughout mirror Stormtrak’s unmistakeable exterior palette.
Ranger Wolftrak is based on the Ranger XLT series and again is powered by Ford’s 170PS 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine with the choice of either a six-speed manual or 10‑speed automatic transmission.
A selectable four-wheel drive system with shift-on-the-fly function, electronically-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres are standard and is designed to appeal strongly to customers in farming, forestry and outdoor pursuit industries as well as private buyers. A 1.0‑tonne payload and 3,500kg maximum towing weight make it a practical vehicle complete with a standard protective bed liner. An optional manual load bed cover or Aeroklas full load canopy are uniquely available in matte black to match Ranger Wolftrak’s blacked-out exterior detailing.
Conquer or Sea Grey paint is standard and complemented with a matte black grille, underbody protection and 17-inch black alloy wheels as well as exclusive long-leg tubular sports bar. The truck’s distinctive style is completed by darkened Wolftrak badges and plastic moulded side steps.
Exclusive touches in Ranger Wolftrak’s cabin include Wolftrak badges, a matte black instrument panel and door spears, and durable all-weather floor mats. Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity and navigation system with 8-inch touchscreen is a standard feature.
“Customers love the bold style and tough capability of our Ranger pick-up, so we’ve developed the new Stormtrak and Wolftrak limited edition models to offer even more of both,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Stormtrak combines striking looks with added luxury touches and features for active lifestyles, while Wolftrak’s rugged off-road performance helps it comfortably take owners far off the beaten track for work and fun.”
New Power Roller Shutter
Ford has also introduced a new power-operated version of its popular Roller Shutter load bed cover, available as an option for Ranger Wildtrak Double Cab models and fitted as standard to Ranger Stormtrak.
The Power Roller Shutter is able to open and close the shutter via the key fob, or using buttons located in the load bed or inside the cabin on the dashboard. Sensors provide an anti-pinch function to help prevent trapped fingers or damaged cargo.