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Following yesterday’s news of the T6 Ford Ranger being readied for a public test drive event and debut next week, and several spyshots that we managed to uncover before, it’s with little surprise that local Ford showrooms have already been supplied with the facelifted pick-up, displaying it even where and when they can – it is afterall, Ford’s top-selling vehicle in the country, at the moment.

Here, then, is one example sent in to us by reader Ceri Joseph, who spotted the new Ranger at a Ford showroom in Damansara, giving us a very clear glimpse of things to come, at least from one of the Ranger’s new variants from its local distributor SDAC.

So, ahead of its official local debut, let’s take a quick look at how this variant of the new Ranger stacks up against the very one we saw at the pick-up’s world premiere at the Bangkok Motor Show. Do keep in mind however, that any features and specifications that don’t appear in this variant that’s been photographed may still have a chance to make it on the Malaysian-spec Ranger Wildtrak – the range-topping Ford Ranger model.

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As clear as day, you’ll be able to spot a new Ranger miles away, wearing Ford’s latest bold and heavily-chromed front grille. The centrepiece is flanked by new headlamps, which for Malaysia, also includes the new projector units.

There’s also the new hood design to take note of, along with all the other chrome exterior bits, like the wing mirror covers, door handles and rear roll bar.

Two exterior items do stand out to be quite different from the BKK car, one of which being the bar-type foot step versus the flat type seen in Thailand.

The second easily visible difference is with the wheel design: here, SDAC looks to have specific a six Y-spoke type, whereas in Thailand, the spokes themselves were plainly thicker.

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Moving inside the car, the pictures here show a cabin that looks very similar to what we saw in Thailand as well, except for a few items. The seats are of the same fabric type, and the steering wheel features all the same audio, handsfree and cruise control buttons.

The instrument panel isn’t the version equipped with the cooler central speedometer with dual digital displays on each side. Instead, this particular variant gets a conventional dual-binnacle arrangement with a central multi-info display screen. No sign of an auto air-conditioning system on this particular car.

The Ranger in this particular image also lacks the large infotainment display touchscreen on the dash as we saw in Thailand. In its place, a smaller screen flanked by a number pad on one side, and several infotainment control buttons on the other. Again, there’s still hope for the larger touchscreen display and the cool new instrument panel amongst other items, to appear on our version of the top-spec Ranger, the Wildtrak.

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On the centre console, the gear lever and gate makes it obvious that this is an automatic variant. Next to it, another giveaway, this time the fact that this is a 4×4 unit, going off the rotary dial drive mode selector that allows you to switch between 4×4 and 4×2 operations. Could this be the 2.2 litre Duratorq turbodiesel automatic 4×4 variant, then?

Finally, we should remind you that, as reported before, pricing for the new Ford Ranger is expected to be increased by up to 3% against today’s prices for the existing model.

Stay tuned as we uncover more details about the coming Ford Ranger facelift.


Ford Ranger facelift at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show