The Ford Ranger T6 facelift has been officially launched in Malaysia – the refreshed pick-up, which made its world debut in March at the Bangkok Motor Show, was unveiled at an event in 1Utama a while ago.
The facelift T6 – which, like its predecessor, continues to be assembled in Thailand at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong – makes its debut in full force, with a six model line-up announced at point of launch.
Three 2.2 litre and three 3.2 litre variants are available with the facelift, with the range starting with the baseline 2.2L XL manual. Next, there’s the 2.2L XLT, which is available in manual and auto forms. As for the 3.2 litre line-up, that consists of the 3.2L XLT, in both manual and auto guise, and the range-topping 3.2L Wildtrak.
As such, three Duratorq TDCi engine versions are available. The Puma mills are led by the P5AT 3.2 litre five-cylinder Duratorq, which continues on with 197 hp at 3,000 rpm and 470 Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, but now with a reworked EGR system for better efficiency.
Meanwhile, the ZSD-422 2.2 litre four-cylinder’s output has been bumped up to 158 hp at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm, from the 148 hp and 375 Nm found on the pre-facelift. Finally, the high-efficiency derivative of the ZSD-422, which equips the 2.2 XL – the facelift actually features the new 129 hp tune, an increase of six hp over the outgoing unit, but Malaysia continues on with the old 123 hp (and 370 Nm) output.
Mechanical revisions include a longer final drive ratio, though stop-start tech – which was mentioned as being available at the Thai world debut – is not to be found on MY-spec cars. Transmissions 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.
Not many external changes, but there’s no mistaking the facelift from the front on. It wears a new face, the rework led by a bold, chrome trapezoidal grille that bears some resemblance to the F-150 Raptor’s in shape.
The truck also gets newly-styled headlamps and a new bonnet, with powerdome strakes dressing up the panel. Interestingly, the Ranger – at seen on the 3.2L Wildtrak and 2.2 XLT launch vehicles – features projector headlamps, but they are all of the halogen variety.
The interior is where the real changes are – the curvy dashboard of old is gone, replaced by an edgier design with more emphasis on horizontal lines. There’s a new steering wheel too, and on the range-topping 3.2L Wildtrak an eight-inch touchscreen and SYNC2 infotainment is present, as is a dual-TFT instrument cluster that provides the driver with all sorts of info.
Standard safety kit across the range is made up of ABS, EBD, electronic stability control, Isofix mounting points and two airbags, with Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Roll Over Mitigation and Load Adaptive Control present.
In terms of equipment levels, the baseline 2.2 XL – which is only available in manual guise – is fitted with a black front grille, non-auto halogen headlamps and fabric seats. It comes without a bedliner and side steps. Interior kit, meanwhile, includes two-way manual adjustment front seats, a four-speaker single CD player audio system and an urethane steering wheel.
The variant comes in three colours, Cool White, Metropolitan Grey and Aluminium Metallic. Rather basic, but all in line with the utilitarian, workhorse target market it’s aimed at.
The 2.2 XLT adds on auto halogen headlamps, auto rain sensing wipers, manual climate control, an electrochromatic rear view mirror, leather steering wheel, four-way manual adjustment driver’s seat and SYNC, which offers a 4.2-inch colour display and six-speaker audio system. Two additional colours on top of that offered for the XL, Aurora Blue and Black Mica making up the rest of the five colour palette.
As for the 3.2 XLT, equipment levels mirror that on the 2.2 XLT, so it’s dual airbags as well as SYNC and its 4.2-inch screen for the variant. Four colours as that listed above, save Aurora Blue, which is not available for the 3.2 XLT.
Lastly, the 3.2L Wildtrak, which was revealed in June. The vehicle wears a similar looking front end to the rest of the lineup, but like the outgoing Wildtrak, the grille and bumper extension are painted dark metallic grey, with the faux skid plate finished in silver. Grey also dresses up the wing mirrors, side air vents, door handles, bed rails and tail light internals, and there’s also a Wildtrak graphics package in the mix.
As mentioned in our earlier report, only two exterior colours will be available for the Wildtrak, and these are Cool White and the ‘hero’ orange hue, which has been revised for the facelift – the 2015 shade is called Pride Orange, and replaces the previous Chilli Orange signature shade.
The Wildtrak is the only Ranger to feature the SYNC2 eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and dual-TFT LCD instrument cluster as well as a 230-volt invertor socket to charge laptops and the like.
It also features an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, cooled console box, dual-zone climate control, rear view camera and black-and-orange Wildtrak fabric seats with leather inserts, complete with orange stitching.
Incidentally, the Wildtrak is the only model in the range to feature new plastic side steps, the rest continuing on with the previous metal units – the company says the new side steps are more practical and offer better usability aspects, being wider and easier to step on as well as being easier to clean.
The top-of-the-line model also ups the safety kit and driver assist electronic aid count, with dual front, side and curtain airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert (which warns of an impending collision and primes the brakes) as well as Lane Departure Warning and Assist to be found.
The Ranger 2.2 XL goes for RM91,588, while the 2.2 XLT manual is priced at RM101,388 and the 2.2 XLT auto goes for RM108,788, all on-the-road without insurance.
Meanwhile, the 3.2L XLT manual is priced at RM110,888, while the auto version is priced at RM118,388. As for the range-topping 3.2L Wildtrak, that goes for RM132,188, quite a jump from the pre-facelift.
The Ranger, which will be available in all Ford showrooms nationwide from tomorrow, 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.