New Ford Ranger Thunder launches in Europe

New Ford Ranger Thunder

The new Ford Ranger Thunder brings style and improved specification to Europe’s best-selling pick-up, now available to order from £32,965 ($40,387) (RRP, excluding VAT) for lsummer delivery.  

Limited to 1,400 units for the UK and 30 for Ireland, Ranger Thunder adds exclusive interior and exterior design to the 2020 International Pick-up Award-winner, with a number of well known practical options as standard.

Powered by Ford’s bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, offering 213PS and 500Nm of torque, Ranger Thunder also includes Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard for smooth shifting and effortless performance on- and off-road.

Derived from the much popular Ranger Wildtrak series, Thunder combines high specification with optimized load hauling and tough four-wheel drive capability.

“With an edgier look for consumers 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 provided in a single specification, finished in Sea Grey with bold red highlights on the grille and sports hoop, complemented by three-dimensional-effect “Thunder” badges for the driver and front passenger doors and tailgate, where as the “Ranger” logo is completed in matte black.

Thunder also includes 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 standard as well, with darkened taillight bezels at the rear. A black Mountain Top powder-coated roller shutter with bedliner divider is available as an alternative extra on Thunder, improving load bay practicality with style.

Inside the vehicle, it is equipped with full Ebony leather seats with unique “Thunder” red embroidery and matching stitching throughout the steering wheel, seats, instrument panel and key touch points across the cabin. Black floor mats are also conventional and contrast with bespoke red-illuminated sill plates.

Proven powertrain

The Ranger Thunder’s powerful bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine provides advanced pulling power, using twin turbochargers in series at lower engine speeds for improved torque and responsiveness, and bypassing the smaller turbocharger at higher engine speeds to provide maximum increase from the larger turbocharger for peak power.

Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission provides performance and durability proven in applications as diverse as the Ford F-150 pick-up and Ford Mustang. The transmission showcases a wide spread of ratios and real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that adapts to changing conditions – allowing the optimal gear to be selected for performance, fuel efficiency or refinement in any driving scenario.

Thunder includes Ranger’s proven four-wheel drive system for highly competent off-road capability and will provide fuel efficiency up to 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions from 205g/km (NEDC), or 31.0mpg and 239g/km (WLTP).

Ranger had its most successful year in 2019, with 52,500 vehicles sold throughout Europe and over 16,000 of those in the UK alone. Total UK Ranger sales are expected to pass 150,000 in 2020, since it was released in 1998. This is third generation Ranger Thunder, with the first making its introduction in 2003 and the second in 2009.

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