Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has officially launched the 2019 Ford Ranger facelift range in Malaysia – it’s the second refresh for the T6, the first being back in 2015, but this revision looks to be more comprehensive, introducing a new powertrain and transmission as part of its package update.

The local Ranger line-up will consist of the five core models – four being High Rider regulation units, the XL, XLT, Wildtrak and a new XLT+ variant, as well as the Ranger Raptor, which will be officially launched at KLIMS 2018 but is being previewed at the Ranger launch.

Variant-wise, the baseline unit is the single-cab 2.2L XL Manual, and this is followed by the 2.2L XL Manual and Automatic in double-cab form. Next up are the 2.2L XLT Manual and Auto, which are better equipped versions.

Both the XL and XLT are equipped with the 2.2L TDCi VGT Puma engine, which offers 160 PS and 385 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. The unit is new to the XL, which previously was equipped with the non-VGT 123 hp and 370 Nm 2.2 litre. No change in transmission options, the choices being a six-speed Getrag MT82 manual or 6R80 automatic gearbox.

The mechanical buzz starts with the XLT+, which is the only non Wildtrak/Raptor variant to get the automaker’s new EcoBlue mill. The Panther is available in two output states of tune – on the XLT+, it’s seen in 2.0L Si-Turbo single turbo form, where it pushes out 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. The XLT+ is only available in automatic guise, and here, the new engine also gets a fresh partnering transmission, a Ford 10R80 10-speed automatic gearbox with SelectShift manual override.

Next is the Wildtrak, which drops the 3.2 litre previously seen up to the first facelift. The Wildtrak comes with two options. The first is a 2.0L Wildtrak 4×2, equipped with the above-mentioned 2.0L Si-Turbo engine. It also features rear-wheel drive, and is the only version in the entire model line-up to have that configuration.

The top model in the standard range is the 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4, which gets the EcoBlue Bi-Turbo unit. Here, the unit offers 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,000 rpm. Again, only a single transmission choice, the 10-speed auto. In total, Ranger Raptor aside, there are eight variants with two engines (and three outputs) in the standard line-up.

Kit-wise, the 2018 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, with lane keeping aid) and adaptive cruise control.

Also unique to the class are semi-automatic parallel parking (scans for spots, steers itself), though all these are only available in the 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4. Elsewhere, the Ranger also now comes with an Easy Lift Tailgate, which incorporates a torsion bar to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. The feature is available from the XLT+.

In terms of standard equipment, the Ranger XL comes with halogen complex surface reflector headlamps, front and rear fog lamps, cruise control, cargo LED light, manual air-conditioning, 16-inch wheels, fabric seats as well as a SYNC 1 infotainment system with a 4.2-inch screen and four speakers, among other things.

The XLT adds on automatic halogen projector headlamps, auto rain sensing wipers, premium fabric seats, a reverse camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sport bar, two additional speakers to the audio system and ups the wheels to 17-inch units.

The XLT+ is where the jump in equipment really starts. This one gets automatic HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, the Easy Lift tailgate, dual-zone auto air-conditioning, leather seats, keyless entry/push start, Ford MyKey, dual four-inch screens in the instrument panel as well as a SYNC 3 system with an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice control, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also bumps up the wheel size to 18-inches.

The Wildtrak, aside from its specific exterior styling cues, adds on in the 4×2 variant Wildtrak premium leather seats, LED front foglamps, a 230 volt AC power outlet in the cabin, a 12 volt socket in the cargo bed, front parking sensors, an e-locking differential, a cooled console and power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Safety-wise, the Ranger comes with two airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC as standard across the range, with the Wildtraks adding on side and curtain airbags to make it six (plus the active safety suite on the top 4×4). As for body 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, meanwhile, are available in the latter three colours, plus a signature Saber orange shade.

The on-the-road pricing without insurance of the Ranger line-up is:

2.2L XL Single Cab Manual – RM 90,888
2.2L XL Double Cab Manual – RM95,888
2.2L XL Double Cab Automatic – RM103,888
2.2L XLT Manual – RM109,888
2.2L XLT Automatic – RM116,888
2.0L XLT+ Automatic – RM124,888
2.0L Wildtrak 4×2 Automatic – RM134,888
2.0L Wildtrak 4×4 Automatic – RM144,888

At the launch, SDAC announced that all new Ranger customers who register their vehicle before January 31, 2019 will get a two-year or 40,000 km free maintenance package. It added that the first 888 buyers who register their Ranger – up to December 31 – will receive an electrical goods voucher worth RM1,000.

You can compare the specifications of all the Ranger models at CarBase.my. Here’s a quick glance at the equipment specification for the Ranger line-up:

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 alloy wheels

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, four speakers
Manual air-conditioning
Front 12V socket
Driver-side one-touch down power window
Fabric, two-way adjustable manual seats

Dual airbags
Immobiliser
ISOFIX mount points
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 alloy wheels
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, six speakers
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Four-way manual 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 alloy wheels

Automatic HID projector headlamps
LED daytime running lights
Easy Lift Tailgate

SYNC 3, eight-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, voice control, 2X USB, six speakers
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
Dual four-inch screens in instrument panel
Dual-zone auto air-conditioning
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
Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat
Wildtrak premium leather seats
Cooled console
230 volt AC outlet

Side and curtain airbags (six 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


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