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28 August 2012

Ford's all-new Ranger racks up 19.44 km/L in fuel economy run

Words by Christopher Kho 
Who would have thought that a three-ton pick-up truck can actually get better mileage than a fun and frugal subcompact hatchback? Yes, that's right. In a recent fuel economy run supervised by the Department of Energy (DOE), the all-new Ford Ranger clocked up 1,623 kilometers on a single tank of fuel that averages an incredible 19.44 km/L. That's 0.44 km/L better than what the Ford Fiesta did in an similar run last year.
Prior to the run, the test vehicles were subjected to DOE examination where the Ranger's hood, lift gate, and fuel lid was checked and officially sealed. Each vehicle had a driver and navigator, but it was decided to keep their weight confidential to protect their dignity. And to simulate “normal conditions,” windows were kept closed at all times and the aircon was set and secured at speed “1” for the entire trip. Technical gurus might also like to know that all four tires were inflated to 38 PSI. 
Powered by a Duratorq TDCi 2.2L VG Turbo engine with 148 horsepower and 375 Nm of torque, the all-new Ranger's journey started from Manila and headed up north to Subic, Clark, then Tarlac City, on mixed highway and city driving conditions. The entire run was performed at average speeds between 40 to 80 km/h depending on traffic conditions. What's astounding though, was that, at these speeds, the 1,623 kilometer journey would have taken them anywhere between 20 to 40 hours to complete. This just goes to show how tough this truck, and its drivers, really is. 
Ford failed to mention if both the six-speed automatic and manual transmission versions were used in the run, but the final results show that it was the latter which achieved the remarkable 19.44 km/L economy. 
Capable of wading through 800 millimeters of water, carry more than 1,400 kg of payload, and run on less fuel than a Fiesta, Ford's all-new Ranger looks to be a champion on any turf.