Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has announced that the Ford Ranger facelift will be launched in Malaysia at the end of this month. The re-facelifted T6 (the first facelift was in 2015) line-up will consist of the Ranger XL, XLT, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor. There will also be a new XLT+ variant.

The Malaysian range will start from a 2.2L XL Manual in single-cab guise, followed by the 2.2L XL Manual and Automatic in double-cab form. All three workhorse XLs are 4×4 High Riders powered by the proven 2.2L TDCi VGT engine with 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. Next up are the 2.2L XLT Manual and Auto, which are better equipped 4×4 High Riders also powered by the TDCi, again paired with a six-speed MT82 manual or 6R80 automatic transmissions.

The new engine range starts from the new 2.0L XLT+ Automatic 4×4 High Rider, which is the only non Wildtrak/Raptor variant to get the new 2.0 litre direct-injected EcoBlue engine. The Panther mill is available in two output states of tune – here, in 2.0L Si-Turbo single turbo form, it pushes out 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, mated to a 10R80 10-speed automatic gearbox with SelectShift manual override.

Moving on, we have the auto-only Wildtrak, and there are two options here – a 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 with the above-mentioned 2.0L Si-Turbo engine, or the top of the range 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 with the headline-grabbing EcoBlue Bi-Turbo unit. Here, the new motor’s tune pushes out 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque (1,750 to 2,000 rpm), also paired with the same 10-speed auto. Unlike on the Everest facelift, the 180 hp version Ranger variant is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

In total, there are eight variants with two engines (and three outputs), before including the Ranger Raptor. The 3.2L model with the Duratorq five-cylinder engine is no more.

Powertrains aside, the Ranger facelift brings some new toys to the truck segment – it’s the first in class to offer forward collision warning (audible warning, pre-charges the brakes and prepares brake assist), autonomous emergency braking (AEB detects pedestrians and vehicles in front, will auto brake if no action is taken), lane departure warning (vibrates steering, lane keeping aid will steer you back on track if no response) and adaptive cruise control.

Also unique to the class are semi-automatic parallel parking (scans for spots, steers itself) and the Easy Lift Tailgate, which incorporates a torsion bar to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. The catch is that to get all these driver assistance kit, you’ll have to go for the top 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4. Easy Lift Tailgate is however available from the XLT+.

Other highlighted equipment include SYNC 3 with an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice control, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is available from the XLT+ onwards. XLTs get the 4.2-inch screen with SYNC 1.

Automatic HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights are available from the XLT+, while Wildtraks add on LED front foglamps. Also new and Wildtrak-only is a 230V AC power outlet in the cabin. A cargo LED lamp is standard across the range.

As you would have guessed by now, the 2.0L XLT+ variant is where it really starts in terms of new kit, and besides the above, it also gets goodies such as 18-inch rims (an inch up from XLT), dual four-inch screens in the meter cluster, dual-zone automatic air-con, leather seats, keyless entry with push-start and Ford MyKey.

Besides the Wildtrak-specific styling, the trim level adds on puddle lamps, front parking sensors, a 12V socket in the cargo bed, eight-way powered driver’s seat, “Wildtrak Premium Leather” seats and a cooled console. Wildtraks also get side and curtain airbags to make it six in total (two airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC are standard across the range) and a tailgate lock. As mentioned above, the top 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 gets the Bi-Turbo engine and a suite of driver assist tech.

For colours, the XLs can be had in Cool White, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic. The latter is also on the XLT colour list, along with Lightning Blue, Frozen White, Magnetic and Absolute Black. The Wildtraks can be had in the latter three colours, plus the signature Saber (orange).

As for the Ranger Raptor, we don’t have detailed specs yet – just a confirmation that it’s coming to Malaysia. The second high-performance pick-up truck after the F-150 Raptor in the Ford Performance stable, the Ranger Raptor is made in Thailand along with the rest of the T6 range.

It’s also powered by the 213 PS/500 Nm 2.0L EcoBlue Bi-Turbo engine and 10-speed auto as per the top Wildtrak, but the Raptor gets twin-piston front calipers that are 9.5 mm larger, clamping on to 332 mm ventilated discs. It sits on 17-inch model-specific alloys and 285/70 BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres, bolted on to Fox Racing Shox dampers.

Styling-wise, the Raptor pack includes the new frame-mounted front bumper and a dedicated blacked-out grille with large Ford lettering (Ranger owners, meet the real thing). Also on are wide fender flares and a rear bumper with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Inside, the Raptor’s sports seats get blue stitching, leather accents and a Raptor logo. There’s also a sportier-looking steering wheel and magnesium shift paddles.

No prices yet, but the 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak and Raptor won’t come cheap when they’re offering so much. The latter should be over RM200k, in line with pricing in Thailand and Australia.

Ford Ranger 2.2L XL Single Cab Manual/Double Cab Manual/Double Cab Automatic

Gets as standard:
2.2L TDCi engine with 160 PS/385 Nm
Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
4×4 High Rider chassis
Electronic shift on the fly
Limited slip differential
255/70 R16 alloys

Black front grille
Body coloured bumpers
Halogen reflector headlamps, manual levelling
Front and rear fog lamps
Power adjustable wing mirrors (manual fold)
Side steps and bedliner
Rear parking sensors
Cargo LED light

Steering buttons
Audio head unit with USB, 4 speakers
Manual air con
Front 12V socket
Driver’s one-touch down power window
Fabric, 2-way adjustable manual seats

Dual airbags
Immobiliser
ISOFIX
ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC
Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist

Colours: Cool White, Meteor Grey, Aluminium Metallic

Ford Ranger 2.2L XLT Manual/Automatic

Adds on:
265/65 R17 alloys
Chrome front grille
Automatic halogen projector headlamps
Auto rain sensing wipers
Power adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, with turn signals
Sport bar

Cruise control
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
SYNC 1, 4.2-inch headunit with Bluetooth, voice control, USB, 6 speakers
Auto dimming rear view mirror
4-way adjustable driver’s seat
Premium fabric seats

Reverse camera
Volumetric burglar alarm system

Colours: Aluminium Metallic, Lightning Blue, Frozen White, Magnetic, Absolute Black

Ford Ranger 2.0L XLT+ Automatic

Adds on:
2.0L Si-Turbo engine with 180 PS/420 Nm
10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift
265/60 R18 alloys

Automatic HID projector headlamps
LED daytime running lights
Easy Lift Tailgate

SYNC 3, 8.0-inch touchscrren with Bluetooth, voice control, 2X USB, 6 speakers
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
Dual 4.0-inch screens in instrument panel
Dual-zone auto air con
Leather seats
Keyless entry with push start button
Ford MyKey

Colours: Aluminium Metallic, Lightning Blue, Frozen White, Magnetic, Absolute Black

Ford Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 Automatic

Adds on:
Wildtrak styling and grille
Front LED foglamps
Puddle lamps on wing mirrors
Front parking sensors
e-locking rear differential

Navigation
8-way power adjustable driver’s seat
Wildtrak premium leather seats
Cooled console
230V AC outlet

Side and curtain airbags (6 in total)
Tailgate lock

Colours: Frozen White, Magnetic, Absolute Black, Saber

Ford Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 Automatic

Adds on:
2.0L Bi-Turbo engine with 213 PS/500 Nm

Active Noise Cancellation

Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Collision Warning
Lane Departure Warning and Assist
Semi Automatic Parallel Parking
Autonomous Emergency Braking, pedestrian and vehicle detection

Colours: Frozen White, Magnetic, Absolute Black, Saber