There's no denying that the Ford Ranger is one of the more dashing pick-up trucks in the market today. With a bold-looking exterior matched with a high-tech cabin and torque-packed turbo-diesel engines, the Ranger not only looks good but performs well on-road or off-road, too.
So how does the Blue Oval brand plan on making the Ranger even more appealing? By introducing a limited edition variant that looks mean as heck, inside and out. This is the 2020 Ford Ranger Thunder. Based on the top-of-the-line Wildtrak model, the Ranger Thunder combines tough performance with tough looks.
Starting with the exterior, the new Ranger Thunder is only available in Sea Gray and is complemented by neat touches of red highlights on the front grill and sports bar. It also has special 'Thunder' badges on the door and tailgate that are finished in red that further highlight the pick-up's cool exterior. Providing contrast to the red accents are the blacked-out front grill, rear bumper, skid plate, foglight bezels, and door handles. Finally, both the LED headlights and taillights get a smoked finish as an added touch.
Over to the interior, Ford draped the Ranger Thunder with Ebony Black leather with red contrast stitching for a sportier look and feel. To remind would-be owners that they are riding something special, the front seats feature a unique 'Thunder' red embroidery. Further complementing the Ranger Thunder's dark interior finish are the black floor mats which come with red piping accents.
Under the hood, the Ranger Thunder is powered by a 2.0-liter, EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel. It pushes out 213 PS, along with a stump-pulling 500 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a ten-speed automatic transmission with a four-wheel-drive system.
“With an edgier look for customers who aren’t afraid to be noticed, the new Ranger Thunder will be an unmistakable 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.”
Only 4,500 examples will be built, of which 1,400 are destined for the UK. The rest, on the other hand, will be available across Europe. There's no word if Ford will make the Thunder special for other markets. Perhaps if Ford Philippines is really serious about making a 4WD version of the FX4, maybe they can get some ideas from the Ranger Thunder over in Europe.