From Cleveland to Memphis without filling up.
It's going to be a while before the all-new generation of the Ford Ranger arrives. Only expected to make it here in 2022 at the earliest, that means that the current Ranger will soldier on for the near future. But Ford wants to remind everyone just how capable the current Ranger is, and it did this by showcasing the amazing fuel efficiency of the diesel-powered version.
Although the US doesn't have a diesel engine option for the Ranger, such a motor is on offer in other markets such as the Middle East. Ford handed the Ranger over to content creators in Dubai to see how far they could travel on a tank and the truck surpassed everyone's expectations.
The drivers got behind the wheel of a Rangler XLS with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine and filled up the 21.1-gallon fuel tank. That's a bit larger than the 18-gallon gas tank fitted to US-spec Rangers. The team's goal was to reach 1,000 km (621 miles) on a single tank on a route that reflected real-world driving.
Well, the Ranger not only achieved the feat but went on to travel an impressive 1,252 km (778 miles) before running dry, surpassing the target by over 150 miles. This works out to an exceptional figure of 37 mpg for the entire trip. To put that into perspective, the most efficient Ranger in the US - with its 2.3-liter turbocharged gas engine - manages a combined figure of 23 mpg and up to 26 mpg on the highway. The Chevrolet Colorado offers a diesel but this can also only manage 23 mpg combined and 30 mpg as a highway estimate.
Worth noting is that the team took a couple of measures to ensure they reached their goal, such as removing any extra items from the truck to save weight and maintaining an average speed of 90 km/h (just under 56 mph). The total driving time worked out to 17 hours. It's a seriously impressive achievement for a hard-working truck, even if the average driver would likely struggle to match these numbers. It is also worth noting that the US-spec Ranger, while based on its foreign counterparts, has a fully boxed frame for extra hauling capability, with this alone adding weight and reducing efficiency.
However, the next-gen Ranger should offer a plug-in hybrid option as well as a diesel, so if all goes well, we'll get to experience these trucks sometime in 2022.