The Ford Ranger T6 has just been given a small update in Thailand, and along with it is the debut of the Ranger FX4 2.2 Hi-Rider as well. Introduced as a new sub-model, the FX4 is priced at 899,000 baht (RM124k), and it’s based on the existing XLT variant.

Power comes from the 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi engine that makes 160 hp at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque at 1,600 to 2,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed conventional automatic. The FX4 costs about 30,000 baht (RM4.1k) more than the model it’s based on, so here’s what it gets.

To start, it sits on a new set of 18-inch black alloy wheels shod with 265/60 profile rubbers, new black front grille, black front and rear bumper, black side mirror and fog lamp covers, black door handles, FX4 logos and stickers around the car, as well as black sports bar. Inside, it gets black leather upholstery with red contrast stitching – the latter is also used on the dashboard and armrest.

Elsewhere, it’s pretty much the same as the Ranger XLT. Features include an eight-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, six speakers, 4.2-inch colour multi info display, six-way powered driver’s seat, four-way powered front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and electrically foldable side mirrors. Exterior colour options include Arctic White, True Red, and Meteor Grey.

Next, the Ranger Wildtrak is also part of the update, featuring a brand new 18-inch twin-six spoke wheel design wrapped with 265/60 profile tyres. The projector lens are squared, and the lights are bi-LED – the existing model gets LED main beam but halogen high beam. Also, 4WD models now get a USB port behind the rear view mirror, which is typically used to charge dashcams.


Prices for the Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor are unchanged

Some of the changes trickle over to the Ranger Raptor, such as the new bi-LED headlights and integrated USB port in the rear view mirror. The previous graphic vinyls on the side of the tailgate has been removed, but the biggest updates here is the improved safety.

For 2020, the Ranger Raptor gets autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and car detection, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning system. There’s still no blind spot monitoring system, but the aforementioned additions are welcome. Otherwise, everything remains as is. So, what do you think?

GALLERY: 2019 Ford Ranger FX4 in Australia