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R1-million bakkies competing against the new Ford Ranger Wildtrak X

The new Ford Ranger Wildtrak X is on sale in South Africa at a starting price of R1,013,000.

The X is positioned as the middle ground between the existing Wildtrak and the halo-model Raptor, utilizing the engine of the former while adding new off-road-focused features that put it more on par with the latter.

Equipped with a 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel engine connecting to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the newcomer boasts an output 154kW and 500Nm, and it is also the only 2.0-litre Ranger that comes with the advanced four-wheel-drive system found in the 3.0-litre, V6 units.

This lends it the traditional 2H, 4H, and 4L settings, as well as a 4A (automatic) mode which can adapt to the terrain in real-time and adjust power flow accordingly.

The new model also has a 30mm-wider track at 1,650mm, and specially-made Bilstein suspension that raise its ground clearance from 237mm to 263mm.

Other additions include a front underbody steel protection plate and model-specific 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels with General Grabber AT3 all-terrain tyres.

The new bakkie is also the first to feature Ford’s Trail Turn Assist feature, which can reduce its turning circle by 25% by using “brake-based torque vectoring” at speeds under 19km/h.

On the styling front, the X gains a unique Asphalt-coloured grille with integrated auxiliary driving lights and Cyber Orange accents around the exterior, and blackened Ford oval badges.

Another new item is the Flexible Rack System, comprised of a sliding load rack with five locking positions, and folding roof racks that store inside the roof rails when not in use.

Inside, buyers can look forward to a Miko suede-trimmed upholstery with Wildtrak X embroidery and contrast Cyber Orange stitching, as well as an 8-inch instrument cluster, a 12-inch infotainment display with smartphone pairing, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, electric front seats, a wireless charger, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

High-rider head to head

These are the bakkies competing with the new Ford Ranger Wildtrak X.

Click on the underlined links to visit TopAuto Car Prices for information on pricing and new models on offer from the various manufacturers.

Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D double cab 4×4 Xtreme

  • Starting price – R798,990
  • Power – 133kW/430Nm
  • Ground clearance – 220mm
  • Wading depth – 700mm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.3l/100km

Mazda BT-50 3.0TD double cab 4×4 Individual

  • Starting price – R818,400
  • Power – 140kW/450Nm
  • Ground clearance – 240mm
  • Wading depth – 800mm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.0l/100km

Nissan Navara 2.5DDTi double cab PRO-4X 4×4

  • Starting price – R822,500
  • Power – 140kW/450Nm
  • Ground clearance – 221mm
  • Wading depth – 700mm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.1l/100km

Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD double cab V-Cross 4×4

  • Starting price – R879,200
  • Power – 140kW/450Nm
  • Ground clearance – 232mm
  • Wading depth – 800mm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.1l/100km

Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 double cab 4×4 Legend RS auto

  • Starting price – R1,003,000
  • Power – 150kW/500Nm
  • Ground clearance – 286mm
  • Wading depth – 700mm
  • Fuel consumption – 8.0l/100km

VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI double cab PanAmericana 4Motion

  • Starting price – R1,006,700
  • Power – 154kW/500Nm
  • Ground clearance – 235mm
  • Wading depth – 800mm
  • Fuel consumption – 7.5l/100km

Jeep Gladiator 3.6 Rubicon double cab

  • Starting price – R1,329,900
  • Power – 209kW/347Nm
  • Ground clearance – 249mm
  • Wading depth – 800mm
  • Fuel consumption – 12.4l/100km

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