ford ranger experiential test drive

Last week, the Ford Ranger T6 facelift was sighted on a transporter leaving Port Klang, which hinted that the pick-up’s launch was imminent. Now, it has been confirmed that the Ranger FL’s Malaysian debut will take place next week, as an announcement of a public test drive event – and that garnered from a brief YouTube video clip – suggests.

Ford has announced that the truck will be showcased at the ‘Tough Done Smarter Experiential Test Drive’, which will be held at the Central Park Avenue outdoor area of the new wing in 1Utama on Oct 9-11. No advance bookings are required, and admission is free.

Visitors will be able to experience all the capabilities of the refreshed Ranger at the event – each visitor will be paired with a professional driver, who will lead them through a course that simulates tough driving environments – challenges such as water wading and navigating steep terrain are in the mix.

Aside from demonstrating its on- and off-road capabilities, the event will also highlight the pick-ups technologies, such as Forward Collision Warning and the SYNC2 connectivity system.

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The facelifted Ranger had its world premiere at the Bangkok Motor Show in March, and exterior changes include a new face, now featuring a bold, chrome trapezoidal grille that isn’t too dissimilar from the F-150 Raptor’s in shape. New too is the headlamp design, upgraded to projector units, and there’s also a new hood with strakes in the middle.

Three Duratorq TDCi engine versions should be available here – no output changes to the P5AT 3.2 litre five-cylinder Duratorq, which continues on with 197 hp and 470 Nm of torque, though the ZSD-422 2.2 litre four-cylinder Duratorq TDCi’s output has been bumped up to 158 hp and 385 Nm from the 148 hp and 375 Nm found on the pre-facelift. The high-efficiency derivative of the ZSD-422 also gets a slight power hike, now offering 129 hp, six more than now.

Mechanical revisions include the introduction of stop-start tech – which is claimed to offer improve fuel efficiency of around 3.5% – and a longer final drive ratio. Transmission choices remain as before, the 6R80 six-speed auto and MT82 six-speed manual being the options. The Ranger also gets electric power steering, which is a first in the segment.

Indicative pricing hasn’t yet been revealed, but expect a bit of a hike – it was intimated back in August that pricing for the facelift was set to be around 3% higher than currently, but the Ringgit’s performance since then might see a price increase beyond that. Guess we’ll find out next week.

2015 Ford Ranger T6 facelift world debut, Bangkok Motor Show