Recently, we had a very unique weekend roadtrip schedule where we are planning to head out to Janda Baik in Pahang to explore some nature on Saturday and out to Penang for an over night trip on Sunday – so we thought what would be an ideal ride for the two-in-one roadtrip ~ and what pops into our mind was straight to the newly launched 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4.
Marketed as the leading pick-up for both the urban and off-road drive, we are certain that the new 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 now comes with a powerful 2.0 direct-inject EcoBlue engine will do a good job for us this weekend. The new 2.0 diesel engine is matted onto a 10-speed auto transmission, the similar transmission found on the Ford Mustang and produces 180PS and 420Nm of Torque.
This powerful new engine (more powerful than its 3.2L predecessor) definitely came in handy as we take the Ranger Wildtrak up steep slopes, cut through thick bushes and crosses river without much effort. Maneuvering was easy with its electric power steering (if not mistaken is the only in its class) and we pretty much only need to switch to 4×4 mode while crossing the river.
The ride through these rough terrains was comfortable and at no instances I felt we might be stuck or might not be able to do it.
The new black leather seat in the car also helps to keep the car clean, especially after we go out and get a little dirty on our pants. It was definitely a fun outing with the Ranger Wildtrak at Janda Baik.
One of the most interesting feature that I find on the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4×4 are the host of driver assistance features that it is loaded with. I know for premium cars, driver assistance features such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, forward collision alert are expected but for a pick-up, it was unheard off. I believe the Ranger Wildtrak and the Raptor are the only pick-ups in Malaysia that has these features.
These driver assistance features are in addition to number of safety features found in this Ranger Wildtrak such as the six airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, rollover mitigation, hill descent control, and hill launch assist, making it one of the safest pick-up truck if not the safest available here in Malaysia.
Another lovely feature that I like on the Ranger Wildtrak is the way the display meters are laid out. You do have the analog speedometer and it is flanked by two 4″ TFT screens where you can pick and choose what functions you want to display on. On the left is mainly the entertainment functions while on the right is mainly the car information like how much fuel left, how’s the consumption, and other car details.
The 2019 Ranger Wildtrak now also comes with the sensing keyless entry and push-start engine which makes getting in an out of the car much easier without having you to reach for the keys in your pockets.
The drive to Penang on the Ranger Wildtrak was nice and smooth. The front double wishbone and back leaf spring suspension absorb up the bumps and cracks on the road, giving you a very smooth ride, almost feeling like a SUV with a nice ride height. The eight-way power adjusted seats with lumbar support gives you good comfortable seating throughout the ride. The active noise cancellation feature keeps the cabin nice and quite for you.
The adaptive cruise controls also works great but as with Malaysian highway, the Wildtrak leaves slightly too big a gap and cars tend to cut into your lane and when that happens, it does put on hard braking, so the ride can be a little jerky. The lane keeping assist feature also works great for most part of the travel but on a couple of instances I did catch the car drifting pass the lines.
The entertainment system can be connected via AndroidAuto or Apple CarPlay or Bluetooth. We had it on Bluetooth and playing on Spotify all the way up and down the PLUS highway. There is an 8-inch entertainment console for navigation, communications and easy control of comfort features and if you like there is also voice command – but I feel a bit stupid giving voice instruction and you have to say the right thing for it to work right.
There are ample USB charging port for your electronics and the Ranger Wildtrak also comes with a 230V AC power to charge up your laptop or any other devices which is surely handy for your outing. There is also a 12V socket in the cargo bay if you’re out in the wilderness.
Fuel consumption wise, the Ranger Wildtrak gives me a good 7.2 liter per 100km on the highway and 7.7 liter per 100km overall ~ including Janda Baik, highway driving from Kuala Lumpur to Penang and back and city driving in Georgetown. I would say I am happy with the mileage the Ranger Wildtrak gives.
I would say the 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-turbo 4×4 was a fun car for this outing, the car is responsive, powerful and agile. It gives good mileage and ride comfort both on long journey and in city (or off-road) was good. Only set-back as a road-trip car is that it has not space for luggage, unless you are willing to throw your bags out to the cargo bay at the back. And speaking about the cargo bay, the new Ford Ranger Wildtrak now comes with the Easy Lift Tailgate where you can pretty much close the tailgate with just your fingers.
This 2019 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 Bi-turbo 4×4 is priced at RM 144,888 (on the road without insurance) here in Peninsula Malaysia.