Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has announced that the Ford Ranger facelift will be launched in Malaysia at the end of this month. The facelifted T6 line-up will consist of the Ranger XL, XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor. There will also be a new XLT+ variant.
The Malaysian range will start from the 2.2L XL Manual and Automatic, followed by the 2.2L XL Manual in Single Cab from. All three workhorse XLs are 4×4 High Riders powered by the proven 2.2L TDCi VGT engine with 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. Next up are the 2.2L XLT Manual and Auto, which are better equipped 4×4 High Riders also powered by the TDCi, which is paired to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The new engine range starts from the new 2.0L XLT+ Automatic 4×4 High Rider, which is the only non Wildtrak/Raptor variant to get the new engine. This is 2.0L Si-Turbo with a single turbo, pushing out 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox with SelectShift manual override.
Moving on, we have the auto-only Wildtrak, and there are two options here – a 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 with the above-mentioned 2.0L Si-Turbo engine, or the top of the range 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 with the headline-grabbing “EcoBlue” Bi-Turbo engine. This new motor pushes out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque (1,750 to 2,000 rpm) from just two litres, and is also mated to the 10-speed auto.
In total, there are eight variants with three engines before including the Ranger Raptor. The 3.2L model with the Duratorq five-cylinder engine is no more.
Powertrains aside, the Ranger facelift brings some new toys to the truck segment – it’s the first in class to offer forward collision warning (audible warning, pre-charges the brakes and prepares brake assist), autonomous emergency braking (AEB detects pedestrians and vehicles in front, will auto brake if no action is taken), lane departure warning (vibrates steering, lane keeping aid will steer you back on track if no response) and adaptive cruise control.
Also unique to the class are semi-automatic parallel parking (scans for spots, steers itself) and the Easy Lift Tailgate, which incorporates a torsion bar to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. The catch is that to get all these driver assistance kit, you’ll have to go for the top 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4. Easy Lift Tailgate is available from the XLT+.
Other highlighted equipment include SYNC 3 with an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice control, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is available from the XLT+ onwards. XLTs get the 4.2-inch screen with SYNC 1.
Automatic HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights are available from the XLT+, while Wildtraks add on LED front foglamps. Also new and Wildtrak-only is a 230V AC power outlet in the cabin. A cargo LED lamp is standard across the range.
As you would have guessed by now, the 2.0L XLT+ variant is where it really starts in terms of new kit, and besides the above, it also gets goodies such as 18-inch rims (an inch up from XLT), dual four-inch screens in the meter cluster, dual-zone automatic air con, leather seats, keyless entry with push start and MyKey.
Besides the Wildtrak-specific styling, the trim level adds on puddle lamps, front parking sensors, a 12V socket in the cargo bed, eight-way powered driver’s seat, “Wildtrak Premium Leather” seats and a cooled console. Wildtraks also get side and curtain airbags to make it six in total (two airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC are standard across the range) and a tailgate lock. As mentioned above, the top 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 gets the Bi-Turbo engine and a suite of driver assist tech.
For colours, the XLs can be had in Cool White, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic. The latter is also on the XLT colour list, along with Lightning Blue, Frozen White, Magnetic and Absolute Black. The Wildtraks can be had in the latter three colours, plus the signature Saber (orange).
As for the Ranger Raptor, we don’t have detailed specs yet – just a confirmation that it’s coming to Malaysia. The second high-performance pick-up truck after the F-150 Raptor in the Ford Performance stable, the Ranger Raptor is made in Thailand along with the rest of the T6 range.
It’s also powered by the 213 PS/500 Nm 2.0L EcoBlue Bi-Turbo engine and 10-speed auto as per the top Wildtrak, but the Raptor gets twin-piston front calipers that are 9.5 mm larger, clamping on to 332 mm ventilated discs. It sits on 17-inch model-specific alloys and 285/70 BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, bolted on to Fox Racing Shox dampers.
Styling-wise, the Raptor pack includes the new frame-mounted front bumper and a dedicated blacked-out grille with large Ford lettering (Ranger owners, meet the real thing). Also on are wide fender flares and a rear bumper with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Inside, the Raptor’s sports seats get blue stitching, leather accents and a Raptor logo. There’s also a sportier-looking steering wheel and magnesium shift paddles.
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