Ford has officially launched the new T6 Ranger in Malaysia – the pickup was introduced just a short while ago in a very impressive event held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club. Three variants are available at point of launch, and these are the 4×4 2.2L XLT in manual and automatic form as well as the 4×4 3.2L XLT Wildtrak.

We’ve already written about the truck in great detail, with Danny’s test-drive report from Thailand leading the way, but to recap, everything about this one is new, from engines, frame, suspension, steering and brake systems, exterior sheet metal right down to the interior. Indeed, there’s plenty to shout about the vehicle.

For starters, this is a big truck – the 5,359 mm-long double-cab eclipses the old Ranger, being 186 mm longer, and the wheelbase length is also up by 220 mm to a class-leading 3,220 mm. With a larger bed to boot, this is one significantly sized offering (it shades the Nissan Navara, no slouch in the size department).

The T6 – which has a wading depth of 800 mm – can haul too, up to 1,333 kg, but that’s not all it can do; the maximum tow rating is 3,350 kg, and to demonstrate the pulling power, a Wildtrak happily towed out a bus at the launch!

Powering the Ranger are two engine choices, the Duratorq TDCi 2.2 litre variable geometry turbodiesel offering 150 PS and 375 Nm in the case of the 2.2 XLT and a 200 PS and 470 Nm 3.2 litre five-cylinder mill, which is worn by the Wildtrak. Pairing transmissions are a six-speed MT 82 manual and a six-speed 6R80 automatic.

Plenty of tech on call too – there’s ABS and EBD, which is pretty much standard fare these days, and on the list are emergency brake assist and load adaptive control. The 3.2 Wildtrak gets more in the way of assist kit – there’s ESP, hill descent control, hill launch assist and roll-over mitigation, which the company puts as helping prevent the vehicle getting into a roll-over situation. As for airbags, the 2.2L XLT has two, while the Wildtrak comes with four.

Inside, there’s a plethora of gear, which we expounded in an earlier report. On the list are rain and speed sensing wipers, auto headlamps, cruise control, dual airbags, Bluetooth with Voice Control feature, an integrated control panel, a 4.2-inch colour display, a leather steering wheel, a total of 23 storage spaces as well as a large lockable glovebox that’s big enough to house a 16-inch laptop.

Meanwhile, the Wildtrak gets dual-zone climate control on top of all this. It also features specially designed seats with leather inserts, roof rails and a cooled console as part of the parcel. It also has 18-inch wheels wrapped with 265/60 series rubbers; the 2.2L runs 16-inch units with 255/70 profile tyres.

As for exterior shades, two are available for the Wildtrak, these being Cool White and Chili Orange. The 2.2 XLT gets more body colour choices – Black Mica, Gunmetal Blue, Aurora Blue, Metropolitan Grey, Highlight Silver and Cool White make it six in the palette.

Price-wise, the T6 Ranger rolls in at RM89,888 for the 2.2 XLT manual, RM95,888 for the 2.2 XLT automatic and RM116,888 for the 3.2L XLT Wildtrak, all on-the-road with insurance. The actual prices are lower than the earlier estimated prices for the two 2.2 XLTs and slightly higher for the 3.2 XLT Wildtrak as mentioned in an earlier report we carried.

As of today, more than 800 bookings have been taken for the Ranger, with a three month wait expected for the 2.2L. We hear that the time needed to bag a Wildtrak is wild – there’s a year-long waiting list for it!

Read Danny’s test drive report on the new T6 Ranger here.