2019 Ford Ranger T6 facelift debuts – new 2.0L bi-turbo diesel with 500 Nm, 10-speed auto, AEB, ACC!

2019 Ford Ranger T6 facelift debuts – new 2.0L bi-turbo diesel with 500 Nm, 10-speed auto, AEB, ACC!

Ford Australia has finally pulled the wraps off the Ranger T6 facelift, now packing more technology, revised looks as well as a brand new engine. This is the second time the Ranger T6 has been facelifted – the first was introduced here in October 2015.

Now, the biggest news here is the introduction of the new flagship 2.0 litre bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel that first made its debut in the Ranger Raptor. It outputs 213 PS and 500 Nm – the same as the Raptor – and gets hooked to a new 10-speed close-ratio automatic gearbox.

The engine features common-rail direct fuel-injection, an integrated intake manifold and a belt-in-oil primary drive, making it compact and lightweight. It boasts the same class-leading payload and 3,500 kg towing capability. This engine is optional and limited to the XLT and Wildtrak variants.

The older 2.2 litre (four-cylinder) and 3.2 litre Duratorq (five-cylinder) oil burners are still available in standard XLT and Wildtrak model, offering 160 PS/385 Nm and 200 PS/470 Nm respectively. Both engines are paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions from before.

2019 Ford Ranger T6 facelift debuts – new 2.0L bi-turbo diesel with 500 Nm, 10-speed auto, AEB, ACC!

Other upgrades include retuned suspension, which help reduce body roll and improve driving experience while fully-laden. The new geometry doesn’t compromise towing and payload capabilities, and it also improves ride and steering precision. A new tailgate mechanism is installed to facilitate a 70% reduction in the initial force required to raise or close the rear door.

For looks, the updated pick-up wears a new front grille, re-profiled front bumper and LED daytime running lights with HID headlights (standard on XLT and Wildtrak). There is now a clearer visual distinction between the Ranger variants, each differing in bumper treatments or even body colour – the Wildtrak gets a bright orange Sabre paintwork and a more rugged exterior styling. Keyless entry and push-start button are new and standard for XLT and Wildtrak, but optional on the XLS.

Inside, the changes are minimal. Ford’s Sync 3 system is now available across the board (optional on the XLS), with the eight-inch infotainment system now supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities. The Ranger’s built-in mapping system also supports a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature that helps owners retrace their tracks when going off-road. Emergency Assistance, which automatically calls 000 after a serious collision, is included with Sync 3.

2019 Ford Ranger T6 facelift debuts – new 2.0L bi-turbo diesel with 500 Nm, 10-speed auto, AEB, ACC!

In the tech department, the 2019 Ranger is now equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection. The system is capable of stopping the car entirely, and functions at speeds above 3.6 km/h. It’s standard on the Wildtrak, but optional on the XLT.

Besides AEB, there’s also Traffic Sign Recognition which identifies a variety of traffic signs. An icon of the speed sign will then appear on the instrument cluster and changes every time a new limit is detected. Other standard systems that’s part of the Tech Pack are Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning.

For the first time in a Ranger, the Active Park Assist system makes its debut in the pick-up. This however, is a semi-autonomous system and still requires driver’s input by way of throttle and braking applications. It’s standard on the XLT and Wildtrak (part of the Tech Pack), but optional on the XLS. What do you think of the updated Ranger? Let us know below!

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Comments

  • seancorr (Member) on May 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I’ll be surprised if this engine makes its way to Malaysia. Have the feeling it will be reserved for the Raptor instead.

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    • It would be hard to justify the RM30k price premium of the Raptor over Wildtrak/XLT variants if they all have the same engine output. Sure, the Raptor have a more advanced suspension system and driving modes but engine output is the first thing a potential buyer would enquire about.

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    • Euro6 diesel engine. dun think so it will come here soon.

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      • Rashid bin Ohwai on May 18, 2018 at 4:21 pm

        Why? Didn’t you say our fuel was the cleanest in the world?

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        • Still with the fake news eh? Ur services no longer required by end of the month. Enjoy it while u can.

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  • Jason on May 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    (Like) Toyota Hilux.
    (Dislike) Ford Ranger T6

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    • yo umw fanboy spotted! hailat era is over,,welcome to the new dawn..Ranger lagi bagus n more handsome now deswai more malaYsians buy ranger now! ooo waii!

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  • Sgt Scoop on May 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Do trucks work on a different cycle from passenger vehicles? Are there plans for a new Ranger in the works or is it how are these things decided?

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  • Bernard on May 18, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    It’s not the buying but after sales maintanence…

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  • MeThree on May 18, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Wow this is good spec. Should bring it into Msia market. Raptor would be too expensive. This ranger 2.0 bi-t might be below 160k.

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    • Rm160k considered expensive for a pickup truck. Rm140k will do

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      • Agree. RM160k for a truck..crazy price considering all trucks are exempted from excise duty. There is another issue abt Sime Darby and its ‘awesome’ after sales service

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      • stastasta on May 23, 2018 at 9:56 am

        i believe wildtrak is expensive because its 3.2 liter engine ? this 2.0 small capacity could be cheaper than wildtrak price.

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  • Will Mac on May 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Rear passenger comfort is now important, many buyers now buy these as duel use family cars. Not sure if Ford has addressed this enough in the update.

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  • Ilikeranger on May 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Raptor and new wildtrack coming to msia at the same time? Would be hard to decide which to buy. Pricing must be right considering lower price w higher specs for wildtrack, compared to more expensive raptor (w it’s terrain management and better ride). SDAC really need to price correctly in order NOT to turn raptor /wildtrack into another Everest(in terms of sales)

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  • johny on May 19, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Murphy’s law: anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong. This complicated ranger has A LOT of things that can go wrong.

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  • Sputjam on May 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Great. Everest without excessive raptor outfit should follow soon.

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  • Elchino on Aug 10, 2018 at 9:46 am

    No wonder they are getting rid of old stocks with an 11% discount! This is a clear indication that the new 2019 model is coming!

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