All-new Ford Ranger debuts in Malaysia with nine variants

Two- and four-wheel drive variants, new engines and transmissions, and a slew of “first and only in-class technologies” are the highlights of latest generation Ranger truck

Nine variants, including the Ranger Raptor, were introduced during the launch of Ford’s multi-award winning pick-up trucks. Comprising combinations of single cab, double cab, six-speed manuals, six-speed automatics, 10-speed automatics, two wheel-drive, and four-wheel drive models, a summary of eight of the variants and powertrain specs are below. No details of price were given about the Raptor which will be launched officially at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 in November but generally the engine and cabin features for the 4×4 Wildtrak apply, with the lifestyle-oriented Raptor getting tougher-looking tyres and accessories.

Ford Ranger XL

2.2L XL Manual 2.2L XL Automatic 2.2L XL Manual
Cabin-type Double cab Double cab Single cab
Drivetrain 4X4 4X4 4X4
Engine 4-cyl, 2198cc, turbocharged diesel 4-cyl, 2198cc, turbocharged diesel 4-cyl, 2198cc, turbocharged diesel
Power 158bhp at 3200rpm 158bhp at 3200rpm 158bhp at 3200rpm
Torque 385Nm at 1600-2600rpm 385Nm at 1600-2600rpm 385Nm at 1600-2600rpm
Transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd automatic 6-spd manual

Ford Ranger XLT

2.2L XLT Manual 2.2L XLT Automatic 2.2L XLT+ Automatic
Drivetrain 4X4 4X4 4X4
Engine 4-cyl, 2198cc, turbocharged diesel 4-cyl, 2198cc, turbocharged diesel 4-cyl, 1996cc, turbocharged diesel
Power 158bhp at 3200rpm 158bhp at 3200rpm 178bhp at 3500rpm
Torque 385Nm at 1600-2600rpm 385Nm at 1600-2600rpm 420Nm at 1750-2500rpm
Transmission 6-spd manual 6-spd automatic 10-spd automatic

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

2.0L Wildtrak Automatic 2.0L Wildtrak Automatic
Drivetrain 4X2 4X4
Engine 4-cyl,1996cc, turbocharged diesel 4-cyl, 1996cc, bi-turbo diesel
Power 178bhp at 3500rpm 210bhp at 3750rpm
Torque 420Nm at 1750-2500rpm 500Nm at 1750-2000rpm
Transmission 10-spd automatic 10-spd automatic

Although all nine variants are diesel powered, there are three different engines offered. The 2.2-litre in the XL and XLT is a carry-over Duratorq engine. The XLT+ and two-wheel drive Wildtrak have a new single turbo 2.o-litre engine while the four-wheel drive Wildtrak and Raptor have a new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel. The new 2.0-litre mills are paired with the new 10-speed auto ‘box.

The new 10-speeder was recently the subject of a recall in Thailand but this does not affect the Rangers coming to Malaysia. The issue, relating to welding studs on the torque converter, was identified before the trucks were shipped, the advantage of the Ranger being launched in the Malaysia market two months after Thailand.

New, “first and only in-class” features are the 2.0-litre bi-turbo engine offered in the WildTrak and Raptor, which Ford claim is the most powerful in a truck. This is paired with another first and only in-class feature, the 10-speed gearbox. Other features making their debut in the segment are autonomous braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, semi-automatic parallel parking, adaptive cruise control and a new torsion bar mechanism in the tailgate to make it easier to lower and lift.

The XL is equipped with halogen headlights, the XLT with halogen projector headlights, the XLT+ and Wildtrak with HID projector headlights and LED daytime running lights. LED tail lamps are standard across the range.

The XL has 16-inch rims, the XLT 17-inch rims and the XLT+ and Wildtrak, 18-inch rims. The Raptor, shod with BF Goodrich All-Terrain tyres was on 17-inch rims.

Airbags vary between two and six depending on Ranger variant. Other standard safety and security features across the range are immobiliser, ISOFIX, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control with traction control, emergency brake assist, hill descent control, hill launch assist, rollover mitigation, trailer sway control, adaptive load control. Ford’s MyKey personalised driver settings is available on the XLT+, Wildtrak and Raptor.

For in-car entertainment, the XL models get a basic audio head unit with USB and four speakers. The XLTs get a 4.2-inch audio headunit, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and six speakers with voice recognition and Sync1 connectivity. The XLT+, Wildtrak and Raptor benefit from an eight-inch touchscreen display headunit with Bluetooth, voice recognition, navigation, two USB points, six speakers and the latest Sync3 system which is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AppLink compatible for access to all smartphone apps.

The Ford Ranger starts from RM90,888 for the XL manual and from RM109,888 for the XLT. The XLT+ is from RM124,888 while the Wildtrak starts from RM134,888. As mentioned before, no indication was given for the price of the Raptor as it will only be launched officially later this year at KLIMS 2018.

The Rangers come in eight colours: Cool White, Meteor Grey Aluminium Metallic, Frozen White and Absolute Black, and three new colours, Magnetic, and Lightning Blue and, exclusive to the Wildtrak, Saber. New Rangers registered before 31 January 2019 will get two years free maintenance or up to 40,000km, whichever comes first.

In addition, Ford is offering the first 888 customer to register a new Ranger before 31 December 2018 an electrical goods voucher worth RM1000. This offer is only up to the 888th registration or 31 December 2018, whichever comes first.


Ranger XL

Ranger XLT

Ranger XLT+, Ranger Wildtrak 

Ranger Raptor