ONE of the most desirable double cabs in Mzansi is the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, now powered by a state-of-the-art turbodiesel engine.

SunWheels tested the newcomer, and after driving it, understands why Mzansi goes wild for it.

The current Ranger has been a runaway success for Ford. When Ford facelifted it earlier this year it didn’t mess too much with the winning formula.

In true Wildtrak guise, which is the range-topping model, the Ranger stands out, thanks to the styling treatments including the bumpers, side-mirrors and a grille painted in titanium grey finish. At the back there’s a standard-fit roll bar behind the cab, called a sports bar.

Boosting its rugged nature further are 18-inch alloys and high-definition headlights with LED-daytime running lights.

Our test car was finished in Ford’s striking new Saber Orange exterior colour. The interior is also luxurious with leather trimmings and standard features, including heated leather seats and Ford’s acclaimed infotainment system.

Powering the Ranger Wildtrak is the new high-tech 2,0L bi-turbo engine. This impressive diesel unit uses two turbochargers that work in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness. At higher engine speeds, the smaller turbo is bypassed and the larger turbo delivers high power. Maximum outputs are rated at 157kW and an impressive 500Nm of torque from 1 750 to 2 000r/min.

The Wildtrak also features Ford’s sophisticated all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s one of the most refined bakkies on the market.

The Wildtrak is a big step forward for Ford and double cabs in general as it is big on comfort, overall appeal and driveability.

  • Factbox Model: Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4x4.) Price: R692 900.) Engine: 2,0L bi-turbo.) Power: 157kW.) Torque: 500Nm.) Fuel consumption: 8,1L/100km.