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Published on September 22nd, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Ford Malaysia Launches Facelifted Ranger XLT Plus Variant

Great deals are also available on selected Ranger models till the end of this year. 

To those looking at buying a new Ford Ranger pickup, this may actually be the best time to do it, As Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) not only brought out a facelift for its mid-range XLT Plus variant, but is also offering attractive deals on selected Rangers till the end of this year. 

The introduction of the facelift to its XLT Plus variant comes two years after this trim level was launched locally. Slotting beneath the WildTrak and Raptor within the Ranger lineup, the XLT Plus facelift is set to come with premium features from both those variants. 

As it is a facelift, naturally the front end design has been tweaked a little. New body coloured bumpers with a silver front bumper lip that supposed to replicate the look on the Ranger WildTrak, in addition to a new chrome grille, supposedly gives the new Ranger XLT Plus a more aggressive aesthetic. New bi-LED headlights with integrated DRLs, that deliver as much as 17% greater light penetration in the dark, are standard on this Ranger too. Giving drivers better visibility while driving at night. 

Under the hood of this facelifted Ranger variant remains the same 2.0 litre four cylinder turbodiesel making 180 PS and 420 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission, the first and only pickup truck to date to come with that many ratios. 

Much like the powertrain of this new Ranger, the list of features remain largely the same. An easy-lift tailgate, keyless go, rain sensing wipers and an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera functionality are among the creature comforts in this modern workhorse. As for safety features, this Ranger comes with the usual alphabet soup of acronyms, which include ‘Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), ISOFIX child seat mounts, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control and Ford MyKey.’

Priced at RM 129,888, this XLT Plus facelift variant might seem a tad steep, but that is what pickup trucks go for nowadays. That said though, the new Ranger does come with a three year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty. 

SDAC is also currently offering four free vehicle service and cash rebate options for selected Ranger vehicles until 31 December 2020 to sweeten the deal on all new Ranger variants.

According to SDAC, buyers can enjoy up to RM 7,000 cash rebate on both the base-spec Ranger XL and selected XLT variants. Selected higher end variants like the XLT Plus, Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor will be offered with the option of four free services, that is equivalent to a two-year/40,000 km free maintenance schedule, or a RM 2,000 cash rebate up front. 

It is worth pointing out though that pickup trucks are not eligible for the sales tax rebate offered under the PENJANA scheme, as they are classified under commercial vehicles in the eyes of the government. Just keep that in mind when browsing in the showrooms. 

PRESS RELEASE: Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, today introduced a new promotion offering four (4) free vehicle service and cash rebate options for selected Ranger vehicles until 31 December 2020*. Simultaneously, the company also announced the public introduction of the New Ford Ranger XLT Plus facelift.

Aimed at offering customers more savings and a lower cost of ownership, customers who purchase selected Ford Ranger Raptor, WildTrak and XLT Plus variants will have the option of four (4) free vehicle service that is equivalent to a two-year free maintenance or up to 40,000km, whichever comes first or a RM2,000 cash rebate. 

For selected Ranger XL variants, customers can enjoy up to RM7,000 cash rebate, while a RM7,000 cash rebate will be offered on selected Ranger XLT variants*. 

“We are pleased to announce greater saving options for our customers, with the choice of enjoying four free vehicle service or cash rebate options on our Ranger vehicles. With these saving options, we hope this would allow customers more flexibility in their spending,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, Managing Director, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion.

Muzri continued by saying, “Additionally, we are delighted to introduce the New Ford Ranger XLT plus facelift that now comes with added premium features that are seen in the Ranger WildTrak and Raptor. The Ranger XLT Plus variant which was introduced in Malaysia in 2018 proved to be a popular variant for customers looking for a pickup that is suitable for both work and play with premium touches.”

Premium upgrades to the New Ford Ranger XLT Plus facelift 

The Ford Ranger XLT Plus facelift comes with enhanced features similar to the Ranger WildTrak and Raptor – new high-performance Bi-LED headlamps that deliver 17 percent greater lighting penetration for better visibility while driving at night, while its new body-coloured bumper design finished with a silver bumper lip replicates the front exterior of the Ranger WildTrak. It also comes with a new chrome grille that is exclusive to the Ranger XLT Plus to further complement its overall exterior design look. 

Perfect for both work and play

The Ford Ranger XLT Plus features the 2.0L Single-Turbo engine that is mated to a first and only in-class 10-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering 180PS of power and 420Nm of torque.

The truck also comes with convenient features such as keyless entry with push-start-button and the first in-class Easy Lift Tailgate to make lifting and lowering the tailgate effortless. It is the perfect choice for customers who enjoy going outdoors and performing hobbies such as biking, camping or canoeing.

Capable yet refined, the Ford Ranger XLT Plus features an eight-inch touchscreen display, SYNC® multimedia system with reversing camera, electronic shift-on-the-fly 4×4, rain-sensing wipers, the light and nimble Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), daytime running lights and headlights for better visibility. 

The truck also comes with two airbags, Limited Slip Differential, Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), ISOFIX child seat mounts, Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control, Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control, Adaptive Load Control and Ford MyKey.

Pricing and Availability

The New Ford Ranger XLT Plus facelift is priced at RM129,888 (on-the-road, without insurance, for Peninsular Malaysia) and comes in five colour options – Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Lightning Blue, Meteor Grey and Absolute Black.

As with the entire Ranger line-up, it comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty of three years or up to 100,000km, whichever comes first.

Customers who have a purchase enquiry can WhatsApp the Ford Digital Salesperson at +6019-204 1200, 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays. Through this dedicated channel, customers can be linked with an authorised Ford salesperson at a dealership located nearest to them. This will allow customers to transact at their own convenience and pay the deposit for their vehicle wherever they are.

For more information about the four free vehicle service promotion and the New Ford Ranger XLT Plus facelift, visit https://www.sdacford.com.my.

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