Ford’s new Ranger Thunder bakkie is exclusivity on four wheels

Ford’s new special edition Ranger Thunder bakkie is an internation award-winner, offering plenty of popular practical options as standard.

It is powered by a bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, providing 156kW and 500Nm while also featuring a 10-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

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

Tough and distinctive

It is 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, while the ‘Ranger’ logo is finished in matte black.

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A set of 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 adds further exclusivity in addition to LED headlights with darkened bezels.

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Inside, is 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 red-illuminated sill plates.

Proven powertrain

The bi-turbo 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offers outstanding pulling power, using 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.

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The 10-speed automatic transmission offers performance and durability 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.