There’s a new Ranger in town. This is the Ford Ranger Double Cab 4×4 3.2L XLT Hi-Rider, to give it its full name. Essentially, this is a Ranger T6 with a 3.2 litre five-cylinder turbodiesel, as per the Wildtrak, but without the Wildtrak’s extra exterior/interior equipment that makes it so striking.
The 3.2 litre Duratorq TDCI five-pot, which has Variable Geometry Turbo, makes 200 PS and 470 Nm of torque. Only available with a six-speed manual and 4WD, Ford says that fuel consumption can go as low as 8.9 litres per 100 km. Usual Hi-Rider Ranger qualities apply – 800 mm wading depth, best-in-class payload of 1,227 kg and 3,350 kg towing capability.
Standard kit includes Bluetooth with voice control, electronic shift-on-the-fly (2WD to 4WD at speeds of up to 120 km/h), USB/iPod/iPhone connectivity, auto wipers, 4.2-inch colour display, cruise control and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.
Safety wise, this truck comes with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and dual airbags. The Wildtrak adds on two more airbags and ESP.
Basically the spec sheet mimics the 2.2 XLT rather than the Wildtrak, but the 3.2 rides on 17 inch wheels, one inch larger than those on the 2.2. There’s also an exclusive new colour for the 3.2 XLT, True Red, in addition to Metropolitan Grey, Highlight Silver and Cool White.
At RM99,888. the new variant slots in between the RM95,888 2.2 XLT automatic and the RM116,888 3.2L Wildtrak. The 2.2 XLT manual is priced at RM89,888. There’s also a lower powered Ranger 2.2 XL Manual that goes for RM79,888. Read our review of the Ford Ranger T6 here.