Launch: 2016 Ford Ranger


Petaling Jaya, 8th October, 2015 – Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the official local distributor of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the latest edition of the popular American pickup, Ford Ranger.
2015 Ford Ranger (3)Ford boldly clames the Ranger sets a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an unmatched blend of capability, safety and advanced technology. “True to our ‘Built Ford Tough’ heritage, the new Ranger offers more power and payload capacity than any other pickup in Malaysia. It’s also the only pickup to feature a range of new safe and smart technologies, and raises the level of refinement in the segment,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. 2015 Ford Ranger (6)
What truly leverages the Ranger above its competitors is its ability to walk the tightrope between utility pickup and family car. Packed with impressive tech and safety features, the Ranger still offers its rugged off-road capabilities. The Ranger’s suite of new technologies are complemented by a stylish, smart and functional new interior, as well as best-in-class water-wading, towing and payload capabilities. This versatility allows Ford to offer the Ranger to a wider range of potential buyers.
2015 Ford Ranger (7)The Ford Ranger is assembled in Thailand at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong, and makes its debut in full force, with a six model line-up announced today. 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre variants are available, with the baseline 2.2L XL six-speed manual kicking off the range. Next, there’s the 2.2L XLT, which is available in both manual and auto configurations. As for the 3.2 litre line-up, there is the 3.2L XLT, in both manual and auto guise, and the range-topping, big papa 3.2L Wildtrak. 2015 Ford Ranger (9)
Under the hood of the 3.2L variants is a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder Duratorq, which churns out 197hp at 3,000 rpm and 470Nm of torque at 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. Meanwhile, the 2.2L XLT  variant is fit with a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder with output sitting at 158hp at 3,200 rpm and 385Nm at 1,600 to 2,600 rpm. In the 2.2 XL, a highly efficient version of the 2.2 XLT’s engine is fit, producing 123hp and 370Nm of torque.
2015 Ford Ranger (13)While the exterior of the Ranger has not been dramatically changed, the interior is where things get interesting. The curvy dashboard of old is gone, replaced by an edgier design with more emphasis on horizontal lines. There’s a new steering wheel too, and on the range-topping 3.2L Wildtrak, an eight-inch touchscreen and SYNC2 infotainment is present, as is a dual-TFT instrument cluster that provides the driver with all sorts of information, from navigation to climate control. 2015 Ford Ranger (11)
Standard safety kit across the range is made up of ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Isofix mounting points and two airbags, with Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Roll Over Mitigation and Load Adaptive Control present.
2015 Ford Ranger (12)In terms of equipment levels, the baseline 2.2 XL – which is only available in manual guise – is fit with a black front grille, non-auto halogen headlamps, fabric seats, a bedliner, and side steps as standard. Interior kit, meanwhile, includes two-way manual adjustment front seats, a four-speaker single CD player audio system, and a rather basic steering wheel. The variant comes in three colours; Cool White, Metropolitan Grey and Aluminium Metallic. Rather basic, but all in line with the utilitarian, workhorse target market it’s aimed at. 2015 Ford Ranger (14)
The 2.2 XLT one ups its sibling with the addition of auto halogen headlamps, auto rain sensing wipers, manual climate control, an electrochromatic rear view mirror, leather steering wheel, four-way manual adjustment driver’s seat and SYNC, which offers a 4.2-inch colour display and six-speaker audio system. Two additional colours options are available, on top of the aforementioned three for the 2.2 XL. The two newcomers are Aurora Blue and Black Mica. As for the 3.2 XLT, equipment levels mirror that of the 2.2 XLT. Colour options are largely similar, with the exclusion of Aurora Blue.
2015 Ford Ranger (16)The big daddy 3.2 Wildtrak differs not only in equipment, but in styling. The vehicle wears a similar looking front end to the rest of the lineup, but features dark metallic grey grille and bumper extensions, with the faux skid plate finished in silver. Grey also dresses up the wing mirrors, side air vents, door handles, bed rails and tail light internals, and there’s also a Wildtrak graphics package in the mix. Only two colour options will be available for the Wildtrak- Cool White and Pride Orange. 2015 Ford Ranger (17)
The Wildtrak is the only Ranger to feature the SYNC2 eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and dual-TFT LCD instrument cluster as well as a 230-volt invertor socket to charge laptops and other power hungry gadgets. An interesting feature is Ford’s MyKey system, which allows the owner to programme the maximum speed limit, a seatbelt reminder and the maximum volume of the audio system. It also features an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, cooled console box, dual-zone climate control, rear view camera, and black-on-orange Wildtrak fabric seats with leather inserts, complete with orange stitching. The Wildtrak also offers greaty safety features and driver aids, with dual front, side and curtain airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert (warns of an impending collision and primes the brakes) as well as Lane Departure Warning.
2015 Ford Ranger (15)The Ranger 2.2 XL can be yours for RM91,588, while the 2.2 XLT manual is priced at RM101,388 and the 2.2 XLT auto goes for RM108,788. Meanwhile, the 3.2L XLT manual is priced at RM110,888, while the auto version is priced at RM118,388. As for the range-topping, big daddy 3.2L Wildtrak, you can take it home for RM132,188. All pricing is on-the-road without insurance. 2015 Ford Ranger (1)

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About Kiron Subhash

The most recent member of the collective, Kiron now follows the team to cover local and international automotive events. He is now training in multimedia journalism, acquiring experience in onsite reporting, feature writing, photography, videography, and social media engagement. Conspicuously influenced by Andrew and Jack in the rewarding life of a biker, Kiron now harbours a deep-seated love for motorcycle riding (and fuel-saving).

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