June 18, 2024


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No long range fuel tank for 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor

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Despite its thirst for fuel, the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor twin-turbo V6 petrol pick-up will not be available with a long range tank via Ford or its accessories partner ARB – even though a long range tank is being developed for diesel models.

Buyers of the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor twin-turbo V6 petrol pick-up will need to make do with its standard 80-litre fuel tank – limiting how far it can go off the beaten track and obliging owners to carry fuel cans – because the company and its accessories partner ARB have no plans to introduce a long range tank as an option on its performance flagship ute.

An ARB long range fuel tank is under development as a Ford-endorsed option on diesel versions of the new-generation Ford Ranger line-up, but the same tank has not been developed for petrol variants.

Fuel tanks have different requirements – and must be lined in different materials – depending on whether they are designed to carry diesel or unleaded fuel.

Because diesel is the more popular option in the new Ford Ranger line-up, Ford and its aftermarket accessories partner ARB are yet to develop a long range tank for petrol variants, such as the new Ford Ranger Raptor performance ute.

At a media briefing this week, Ford engineers said for now there are no plans to introduce a long range tank for the Ford Ranger Raptor – even though, powered by a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine – it is the thirstiest model in the range.

Ford is yet to publish fuel consumption figures for the new Ford Ranger Raptor, however engineers who have driven the vehicle on public roads during development say the it consumes about 11 to 12L/100km on the open road.

This is about 5 per cent more than the real-world fuel economy from a twin turbo 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder Ford Ranger Raptor, which Drive has recorded consumption figures of 10L/100km.

Ford and ARB are yet to release information about the optional long range tank for diesel variants of the new Ford Ranger – and whether it will be a replacement tank or a supplementary tank.

The standard fuel tank in the Ford Ranger has a capacity of 80 litres; it is customary in the off-road market to add about 50 litres of fuel-carrying ability.

Above: The twin-turbo V6 petrol engine in the 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is the thirstiest model in the line-up, but Ford and ARB say they have no plans for a long range fuel tank on this variant.

Drive understands Ford and ARB are working on a replacement fuel tank of approximately 130 litres in capacity.

It is likely to be made from high-strength, light-weight injection-moulded plastic (rather than steel) via ARB’s Frontier brand of long range fuel tanks.

However, these figures are an estimate only, not yet confirmed by Ford or ARB, and are subject to change.

Drive has been told Ford and ARB will detail their entire accessories catalogue in June, just prior to the arrival of the new Ford Ranger line-up.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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