Malaysian Ford distributors Sime Darby Auto Connexion Sdn Bhd is now bringing in the Ford Ranger from Ford’s plants in Thailand, since Ford’s assembly plant was shut down following the exit of Ford’s official presence in the Malaysian market.
New features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, MP3 capability for the 6-CD in-dash changer and the addition of 2 side airbags for the front passengers integrated into the seats, making a total of 4 airbags in this pick-up. The engine remains the potent 2.5 litre DuraTorq commonrail turbodiesel engine that can produce 141 horsepower at 3,500rpm and 330Nm of torque at 1,800rpm. Though not as powerful as the lump that’s found in the Navara, it’s still quite powerful and turbo lag is nearly non-existant.
The fully imported Ford Ranger TDCi is priced at RM86,888 OTR without insurance and registration for the Peninsular Malaysia, and RM90,388 in East Malaysia. These prices are for the 5-speed automatic transmission. Those who want a pure workhorse with a manual transmission and don’t need the power that the TDCi engine has can opt for the cheaper Ford Ranger XL that’s priced at RM69,888.