BANGKOK, Thailand — The All-New Ford Ranger has proven itself a class leader in fuel economy in Thailand after traveling an exceptional 1,673 kilometres on a single tank of gas – averaging an incredible 19.47 Km/L over the entire return-journey between Bangkok and Pattalung.
The All-New Ford Ranger was recently put to the test in Thailand to demonstrate Ford’s commitment to delivering class-leading fuel economy in every vehicle segment in which the company competes – and once again, the company delivered.
Four respected automotive editors from Formula, Grand Prix, Lang Rot Yont and Siam Rath Weekly magazines participated in Ford’s controlled fuel efficiency test for the All-New Ford Ranger, which was observed and verified by well-known academic, Dr. Saiprasit Koetniyom, from the Sirindhorn Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering at King Mongkut's University of Technology.
The four editors were placed in two pairs, with one pair driving the Open Cab 2.2L XLT 4x2, and the other driving the Double Cab 2.2L XLT Hi-rider model, with both vehicles equipped with six-speed manual transmission. The driver and passenger of each vehicle switched at their convenience during the three-day test trip to allow for equal participation and different driving styles.
The gas tank on each All New Ranger was sealed shut in Bangkok at the start of the trip, and the air conditioning was switched on to speed “2” and sealed, where it would remain for the duration of the drive.
The tyre pressure was set at “eco-mode” as stated in the user manual, and the media were required to drive at a minimum average speed of 70 km/h. The drive route was comprised of both public highways and city driving in downtown Suratthani and Chomporn provinces.
“The results of our independent test drive have confirmed, without question, the All-New Ford Ranger as a class leader of fuel economy in Thailand,” said Saroj Kiatfuengfoo, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Thailand. “A key part of our product-led transformation under One Ford is to introduce vehicles that are class-leaders in fuel efficiency.”
Designed and engineered by a global One Ford team and now built here in Thailand, the All-New Ranger takes advantage of Ford’s worldwide expertise, particularly robust engines proven in tough commercial-vehicle usage and fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions.
The All-New Ranger’s Duratorq TDCi 2.2L VG Turbo engine delivers peak torque output of 375 Nm and power output of 110 kW (150 PS) by utilising a variable geometry turbocharger that allows more accurate control of boost pressure over a wider operating range. This enables lower-end torque capability for improved launch and driveability while delivering exceptional fuel efficiency.
The All-New Ford Ranger features new automatic and manual six-speed transmissions for increased responsiveness and fuel efficiency. The automatic gearbox provides drivers with various modes as well as manual control through sequential manual shifting.
Moreover, the transmission also has the ability to adapt to the driver’s style through Driver Recognition software. By determining the current driving style, including acceleration and deceleration rates, brake and throttle applications and cornering speeds, the transmission ensures the vehicle is in the right gear at the right time without undesired gear shifts.
For those who prefer greater involvement, the six-speed manual transmission provides crisp, precise shifting with its short, car-like gear shifter positioned ergonomically for the driver. All manual transmissions have an upshift indicator in the instrument panel to help coach drivers on the best gearing for fuel economy.
Another contribution to the Ranger’s fuel efficiency comes from the use of the same cutting-edge simulation technology as Formula One teams. Ford's aerodynamicists performed more than 1000 full-vehicle aerodynamic simulations to perfect the shape of the vehicle for fuel economy.
“As wear gear up for the public launch of the All-New Ranger, we are confident that this world-class pick-up truck will play a key role in delivering the next chapter of success in our One Ford global product story and drive our leadership position in the all-important one-ton pickup truck segment – here in Thailand, across the region and around the world,” Saroj said.
Facts of the Drive:
Ranger Open Cab 2.2L XLT 4x2: 19.47 Km/L
Double Cap 2.2L XLT Hi-rider: 18.18 Km/L
Route: Highway and city driving, Bangkok – Pattalung – Bangkok
Speed: Minimum average speed of 70km/h
A/C: Speed level 2, turned on for entire drive with knob sealed
Fuel tank lid: Sealed shut
Tyre pressure: Eco-mode, as recommended by manufacturer
Passenger Load: 2 persons (with 2 small bags)