Ford Motor Company markets the Ford Ranger exclusively with a gasoline engine in North America. But in various international markets, The Blue Oval offers a diesel engine in the midsize pickup. One of these markets is the Middle East, and Ford recently set out to demonstrate how fuel efficient the Ranger Diesel can be.
So Ford recently handed a diesel-powered Ranger XLS to two Dubai-based content creators and issued a challenge: push the truck as far as it can go on a single tank.
With a full tank of fuel and a list of efficient driving tips from Ford, the two set off. Their initial goal was to reach 1,000 km (621 miles), but they quickly realized that the Ranger diesel would easily surpass that target range.
After the first day of driving, the duo had covered 864 km (536 miles) and the truck still had a quarter tank of fuel remaining. At that point, they were confident that the Ranger could carry them past their original 1,000 km objective. But the final distance tally ended up coming in at 1,252 km (778 miles).
The Ford Ranger diesel was an XLS model equipped with Ford’s 2.2L turbodiesel engine and an 80L (21 gallon) fuel tank. If the duo had achieved the truck’s stated fuel economy of 9.2 km/L or just shy of 22 mpg, they’d have been able to travel around 462 miles, but the Ranger turned out to be capable of much more. With the 778 miles drive, the truck averaged a rather impressive 37 mpg.
“When we started out, we didn’t really know what we were in for. We thought we might make 500 kilometers, maybe a little further – but to not only break that 1,000 kilometer mark but smash it, was really something,” said Jaffar. “It’s a test I’ll remember for a long time to come.”
The hypermile challenge was made possible with the help of a few fuel saving tips from The Blue Oval. Pointers include driving as smoothly as possible, avoiding hard stops and aggressive starts, using cruise control to maintain speed, and removing as many unnecessary items from the vehicle to reduce weight. Of course, one of the easiest ways to improve fuel economy in any vehicle is to drive slower, as even a 5 mph reduction in speed can deliver significant fuel savings.
As we mentioned, Ford doesn’t offer a diesel engine in the American-market Ranger. Instead, the only motor offered is the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, rated at 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The boosted four-banger is mated to Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission driving either the two rear wheels (in 2WD models) or all four wheels (in 4WD models).
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Wish they had diesel in U.S. ranger
The Ranger Tremor package for America should have the diesel motor
A hybrid Ranger can pass 45 MPG and get even better according to the driving style. Bio-Diesel was a huge ecological promise that has not been successful (even Willie Nelson tried), so another Diesel truck in the U.S. market will not sell well. GM also had Diesel cars (including a Diesel Cruze) and very few were sold. Only the Germans (VW, and M-B) have managed to sell Diesel vehicles in the U.S. since they are huge sellers in Europe and other nations.
I recommend more hybrids (especially plug-ins) and no more Diesels.
America has never been good at selling diesel cars this is not Germany. Diesel trucks a whole other park ball and would sale well.
In soutAmerica we have Ranger Diesel (2.9/2.2/3.2) but we dont have F-150 Diesel. We want
The power plant will not change the fact that during a recent Hawaiian rental I discovered that the Ranger is so cramped 20 minutes is about all I can take at a time in this vehicle.
This is great new but it’s not new news, I travel to the Philippines every winter and I ride around in a diesel Ford Ranger. I feel it should be a great think to bring the diesel to North America.
I can understand not using diesel cars very much but diesel in mid and full sized trucks will always be needed for the increased torque and pulling power. Bring the diesel truck (Ranger) to North America.