The Ford Ranger used to be the THE pick-up truck some time back, but more recent times have seen the likes of Toyota’s Hilux and Mitsubishi’s Triton grab the headlines and the sales figures. But that doesn’t mean that the Ranger is a has been. In its current form, the Ranger’s 2.5-litre Duratorq engine is powerful and refined (best in class, in my opinion) and the auto ‘box had five speeds long before the Navara came on the scene.

Sime Darby Auto Connexion, distributor of Ford vehicles in Malaysia has just expanded the Ranger line-up with two new models – the Ranger Double Cab 4X2 Low Rider and the Ranger Single Cab 4X4. Both manual transmission trucks are powered by a 2.5-litre TDi engine churning out 108 bhp at 3,500 rpm and 257 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

While the figures are much lower than the Ranger XLT’s 141 bhp/330 Nm, bear in mind that it’s still more power and just 3 Nm less than what the Hilux offers. Also, unlike the Mitsubishi Triton Lite’s engine, this TDi engine has turbo and intercooler but not the Duratorq’s commonrail system and VGT turbo.

The Ranger Low Rider sits lower than normal 4X4 trucks, like the Triton Lite. Frequent visitors to Thailand will have noticed how much these low riders can carry – Ford claims a 2,000 kg towing capacity for this model. The Ranger 4X4 Single Cab on the other hand is a pure workhorse with a very long cargo bed of 1.54 m cubic capacity. Not only can you fit in everything and the kitchen sink, towing capacity for this variant is a mighty 3,000kg.

The Double Cab 4X2 Low Rider comes with an introductory price of RM59,888 while the Single Cab 4X4 is priced at RM62,888 (quoted prices are excluding registration, insurance, road tax and for Peninsula Malaysia). An early bird promotion also sees Sime Darby Auto Connexion providing free bed liners for both variants.

More pictures of the Low Rider (and the standard 4X4 model for comparison) after the jump. Images of the Single Cab will be posted when we get hold of them.

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