The new Ford Ranger Thunder brings style and enhanced specification to Europe’s best-selling pick-up, and is now available to order from £32,965 for late summer delivery. Limited to 1,400 examples for the UK and 30 for Ireland, the Ranger Thunder adds exclusive interior and exterior design, with plenty of popular practical options as standard.
Powered by Ford’s bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, providing 210 bhp and 369 ft lb of torque, Ranger Thunder also features Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Derived from the popular Ranger Wildtrak series, the Thunder “combines a high specification with optimised load hauling and tough four-wheel drive capability”.
“With an edgier look for customers who aren’t afraid to be noticed, the new Ranger Thunder will be an unmistakeable presence” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “This capable, comfortable and stylish addition to Europe’s best-selling pick-up range is as tough and versatile as it is charismatic.”
Tough and distinctive design
Ranger Thunder is offered in a single specification, finished in Sea Grey with red highlights on the grille and sports hoop, complemented by three-dimensional-effect “Thunder” badges for the driver and front passenger doors and tailgate, while the “Ranger” logo is finished in matte black.
The Thunder also gains exclusive 18-inch black alloy wheels and Ebony Black executions for the front grille, rear bumper, skid plates, fog light surrounds, load bay sports hoop and door handles.
LED headlights with darkened bezels are also standard, with darkened taillight bezels at the rear. A black Mountain Top powder-coated roller shutter with bedliner divider is available as an optional extra on the Thunder.
Inside, the Thunder is equipped with full Ebony leather seats with distinctive “Thunder” red embroidery and matching stitching across the steering wheel, seats, instrument panel and key touch points throughout the cabin. Black floor mats are also standard and contrast with bespoke red-illuminated sill plates.
The Ranger Thunder’s bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine uses twin turbochargers in series at lower engine speeds for enhanced torque and responsiveness, and bypassing the smaller turbocharger at higher engine speeds to provide maximum boost from the larger turbocharger for peak power.
Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission has been proven in applications as diverse as the Ford F-150 pick-up and Ford Mustang. The transmission features a wide spread of ratios and real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that adapts to changing conditions – enabling the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario.
Thunder features Ranger’s proven four-wheel drive system and will deliver fuel efficiency up to 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions from 205g/km (NEDC), or 31.0mpg and 239g/km (WLTP).
The Ranger had its best-ever year in 2019, with 52,500 vehicles sold across Europe and more than 16,000 of those in the UK alone. Total UK Ranger sales are expected to pass 150,000 later this year, since it was launched in 1998. This is third generation Ranger Thunder, with the first making its debut in 2003 and the second in 2009.