What is the fuel crisis? How the larger, more powerful, insulated Ford Ranger 2023 manages fuel economy better than before

Ford has revealed the efforts it has made to reduce fuel consumption in the new Ranger.

This is despite Australian engineers facing an uphill battle on a number of fronts, with the new medium pickup truck growing heavier, wider and more boxy than its predecessor.

Talking to car guide At the launch of the T6.2-generation mid-size pickup near Melbourne last week, Ford’s director of powertrain engineering, Pritika Maharaj, explained how several measures have combined to improve economy across the range, starting with the much newer engines.

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“You have to keep in mind that engine technology has evolved greatly over the years,” she said. “The latest releases by design are more efficient than before.”

Taking a cross-section from the impressive matrix of the T6.2 models and grades offered, the combined average fuel consumption figures are: 2.0-liter XL single-cab chassis 4×2 single-cylinder turbodiesel at 7.6 l/100 km, versus 199 interviews. grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide emissions; XLT Super Cab Pick-up 2.0L Twin-Turbo Diesel 4×4 Automatic at 7.2L/100km, for 189g/km CO2 emissions; and Sport Double Cab Pick-up 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel 4WD at 8.4 l/100 km, for 222 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Although there is no PX III Ranger V6 with a turbo diesel to compare numbers, there is an average of 0.2 liters per 100 km on the four-cylinder turbo diesel models.

While that may not sound like much, the T6.2 Ranger weighs a lot more than before – in the case of the popular Wildtrak four-cylinder 2.0-liter BiTurbo (which actually produces slightly less power now at 154 kW but the same torque maximum at 500 Nm), the increase in mass reaches 100 kg.

This is due to its completely different and stronger front bodywork, some larger powertrain and suspension components, higher specification levels (like nine airbags), increased cabin equipment, more sound suppression measures, and a redesigned tub that now houses more standard accessories.

It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder single-turbo diesel engine, replacing the outdated 2.2. (Ford Ranger XLT pictured)

It is also interesting to note that the new 184kW/600Nm 3.0L V6 with 8.4L/100km Turbo Diesel engine is half a liter/100km better than the previous 147kW/470Nm engine. 3.2-liter five-cylinder with a capacity of 8.9 liters / 100 km. evaluation.

This is despite the larger engine being much more powerful than before, while in Wildtrak guise, the old five-cylinder model weighs 121kg under the new V6 equivalent.

Besides being a newer engine design, the V6 features stop/start technology that can contribute up to 10 percent to reduced consumption and emissions – so please don’t switch that off.

The 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine produces 184 kW / 600 Nm.  (Photo by Ford Ranger Wildrac) The 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine produces 184 kW / 600 Nm. (Photo by Ford Ranger Wildrac)

In addition, the 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission has been modified, with newer components and a different tuning condition, to enhance operating efficiency.

However, it is not the engines themselves alone that help make the T6.2 more economical.

According to Ford’s director of engineering, Anthony Hall, the hydraulically formed front end on the new Ranger allowed for a much more efficient cooling system, which – along with a new electric fan setup – creates more than once ideal operating temperatures, enhancing efficiency.

Then there is the aerodynamic prowess that has been done throughout the car.

The T6.2 Ranger weighs much more than before. The T6.2 Ranger weighs much more than before.

Ford Australia’s design director, and the person who sketched one of the first T6.2 design proposals, Leigh Cosentino, revealed that every aspect of work on the new chassis and Sheetmetal was done with improved aerodynamic efficiency in mind.

Extensively tested at Monash University’s wind tunnel facility in Melbourne as well as at Ford’s headquarters in Detroit, Ranger’s new aerodynamic features include a front windshield spoiler, rear header, tailgate spoiler, exterior mirrors and wheel arches, while the shape as Attention was paid to the flatness of the metal panels.

“The swollen overall shape of the P703 really helps reduce the airflow around the car,” Cosentino said.

Finally, low-resistance tires are also part of the package to help keep fuel consumption low.

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