Ford adds Stormtrak and Wolftrak to Ranger lineup

Hot-selling pick-up gets additional special editions from October

By Sam Sheehan / Monday, April 12, 2021 / Loading comments

Britain’s continued appetite for pick-ups has encouraged Ford to extend the line-up of its Ranger with two new limited-run variants, the Stormtrak and Wolftrak. The incoming pair, launched here and on the continent, see extras bundled into their standard packs, with the Stormtrak being most interesting thanks to its deployment of the Raptor/Wildtrak 213hp diesel. The pair arrive alongside a new Power Roller Shutter for the Ranger’s cargo bed. Still no V8, though. 

Obviously the use case of a pick-up buyer in Britain is slightly different, but the launch of yet more special editions suggests Ford is optimistic about pushing the Ranger even further into the ‘lifestyle’ realm. Hence its decision to power the ritzier Stormtrak with that turbocharged four-pot diesel, where 2.0-litres of EcoBlue motor supply 369lb ft of torque through a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

To ensure that diesel punch can be used off-road, the all-wheel drive Stormtrak also gets a underbody protection, while the motor’s strength means the model can carry a tonne of cargo under that new Power Roller Shutter-secured bed, or tow 3.5 tonnes of braked trailer, much like the Raptor. There are aesthetic signals to affirm that, like a unique shade of Rapid Red with matching grille trim, or a Frozen White on Blue Lightening alternative for the theme. Look closely and you’ll spot decals and badges, while the cabin gets a spruce up with leather and red stitching.

The Wolftrak slots beneath the Stormtrak with a 170hp version of the same diesel motor, available with a six-speed manual or the 10-speed auto. It also gets a raised specification for the driveline, with a selectable four-wheel drive system, electronic-locking rear differential and all-terrain tyres as standard. With a greater focus on farming or exploration use, the Wolftrak gets the same payload and towing figures despite its lower-grade motor, with an optional manual load bed cover or Aeroklas full load canopy, to keep stuff in the back safe. Uniquely for the model, the cover is available in matte black to match the Ranger Wolftrak’s Conquer Grey exterior.

Sitting on 17-inch black alloy wheels, the Wolftrak also gets its owns share of badges, with an interior featuring more durable materials and rubber mats. As you’d expect, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, held within an eight-inch touchscreen, is standard. But that Power Roller Shutter isn’t on the Wolftrak, requiring buyers to option it on should they want the added convenience.

Sales open in October, but with production numbers set to be limited “to ensure exclusivity”, you’ll probably want to start making enquiries sharpish, should you want one. As for pricing, the numbers aren’t out yet, but something close to £30k excluding VAT seems natural – at least at a guess. Don’t expect these finer details to matter much, though; the Ranger is already Europe’s top-selling pick-up, with a 40 per cent market share in Britain and 5,000 sold in the year to date.

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