Ford Ranger Romps in the Dirt: Muddy Monday

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Ranger digs through the trench and slings mud like the big trucks.

This week’s Muddy Monday video comes to us from The Best 4×4 Channel YouTube channel and it features a foreign-issue Ford Ranger conquering the wilderness. Having clearly been modified for this type of action, it comes as little surprise that this midsized Ford truck handles deep mud with ease, but it also does some donuts and flings some mud once it is out in the open.

The Machine

Sadly, there are no details on this Ford Ranger included in the video. In fact, the title claims that it is an F-150, which is clearly is not, but that doesn’t diminish from the footage.

What we do know is that this is a Ford Ranger from some non-North American market and based on the license plate, we think that it might come from Germany. While this midsized Ford pickup may be configured in a trim level that isn’t offered, possibly with a diesel engine that we also don’t get in the United States, this truck is closely related to the new Ranger that was recently made available in the North American market.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Mudding

This appears to be a Ranger Wildtrak with an array of upgrades that have sort of transformed it into a Raptor on steroids. This includes an engine air intake snorkel, a bull bar, a custom hood, a winch, a custom grille, a roof rack, bigger tires and it looks like it has a lift kit as well. All combined, those modifications make this Ranger an off-road beast.

Slinging Mud

The video begins with the Ford Ranger driving through a trench of mud. The obstacle begins with a flooded section that gradually transitions into deep, thick slop and as the truck pushes the water forward, it makes the climb out slipperier, but it barely slows down the high-riding midsized truck.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Mudding

The second portion of the video shows the Ranger Wildtrak out in the open, doing some donuts in the mud, flinging slop all over the people standing around the cameraman.

Ultimately, while this Instagram footage isn’t the best, this is another fine example of what the new Ranger can do with a few modifications.

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