JAKARTA, Indonesia — The toughness of the all-new Ford Ranger in taming off-road conditions is irrefutable. Sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, rocks, and other unpaved tracks are the natural habitat of the "21st Century Tough" truck. Now, the truck has another irrefutable claim: fuel efficient.
Ford Motor Indonesia (FMI) recently hosted a fuel efficiency challenge that took 24 media representatives from the Port of Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta to the Port of Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Central Java through Jalur Pantura, the north coast road. Six units of the all-new Ford Ranger XLT were provided for the 500-kilometre drive.
FMI invited BTMP-BPPT, state agency for technology assessment and application, to assess the fuel consumption and ensure the uniformity of the many variables that might affect the results. It included ensuring the use of Pertadex diesel fuel in each Ranger, setting the tire pressure at 38 psi, setting the air conditioner at level 2, and sealing the gas tank.
"We wanted the challenge to reflect real-life use," said Lea Kartika Indra, communications manager, FMI. "That's why we encouraged the participants to drive normally, and set the air conditioner at level 2, instead of level 1."
Combining city and highway driving, as well as going through several heavy traffic spots, the drive mirrored daily conditions faced by Indonesian drivers.
"The route of the drive was varied. We faced quite a few challenges along the way. For example, despite driving on highway, it was full of big buses and trucks. Not to mention that we had to manoeuvre across many road-side markets along the north coast road," said Septian Pamungkas, journalist, OkeZone.
The drive was concluded in Semarang. Ranger 1 team recorded the highest fuel-efficiency of 15.805 km/L (37.18 mpg), completing the 486 kilometre drive with only 30.75 litres of diesel fuel.
"We employed eco-driving techniques, such as maintaining low engine rotation and shifting up early, in the drive," explained Stephen Langitan, Indonesia's leading auto-blogger, on his team's winning performance. "We even turned off the engine when we were stuck in traffic."
"The combination of six-speed manual transmission and the Duratorq TDCi 2.2L Turbo powertrain also played an important role in our winning," said Syubhan Akib, journalist, DetikOto. "It delivers outstanding torque with excellent fuel efficiency."
The vehicle settings and varied drive route reflect real-life use.
Utilizing eco-driving techniques, the Ranger 1 team managed to register the highest fuel-efficiency.