The 2024 Ford Ranger lineup (MY24) welcomes the return of the Wildtrak X variant. This basically bridges the gap between the regular Wildtrak and the full-bodied Raptor.
It’s not just sticker pack, either. Unique changes include positive-sensitive Bilstein suspension, hardcore General Grabber AT3 off-road tyres measuring 265/70, mounted on bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and a full suite of otherwise-optional enhancements.
For example, it comes with the Trail Control assist function which is basically like a serious off-road cruise control mode, along with the Flexible Rack System whereby the thick sports bar in the back can slide back and forth – and it includes an integrated roof rack – and an electric roller shutter over the tray area.
Not only that, the Wildtrak X features 26mm of additional ground clearance thanks to the new suspension and tyres, and the track widths are widened by 30mm for a tougher stance on the road and improved stability.
Added highlights inside include Miko suede trim for the seats, special Cyber Orange stitching for various elements, and the Wildtrak X comes with the full-size 12.4-inch touch-screen featuring the updated interface that now includes a home button.
If you’re in the market for a tough yet properly-prepared 4×4 ute, the 2024 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X should certainly be on your checklist. About the only considerations that we can see, so far, is the fact that it is not available with the 3.0L V6 engine option; it only comes with the 154kW/500Nm 2.0-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder.
Our full written review and usual 0-100 video is coming soon, but in the meantime check out our detailed review video below for more insight (including POV test drive and off-road driving).
Prices for the Wildtrak X start from $75,990 (excluding on-road costs), which is $3600 more than the regular Wildtrak V6 or $7500 more than the 2.0TTD version. Some of these upgraded parts, such as the Bilstein suspension and big tyres, justify the increased price.