Foton Philippines has officially expanded their lineup of automatic vehicles. Making its local debut is the 2018 Thunder 4x2 automatic. It gets a new automatic transmission along with a new Euro4-compliant Cummins turbo-diesel engine. 

Dubbed Blue Energy, the 2.8-liter SOHC ISF Cummins turbo-diesel now comes with a more efficient turbocharger / intercooler and an improved exhaust-gas recirculation system that thoroughly burns fuel. It even comes with a diesel oxidizing catalyst (DOC) and a particle oxdizing catalyst (POC) that converts carbon monoxide and other harmful gases into carbon dioxide and water. 

Euro 4 diesel, 4x2 automatics for 2018 Foton Thunder

It musters 165 PS along with 365 Nm of torque available between 1500 - 3400 rpm. As previously mentioned, the pickup is now available with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual select.

Beside the new automatic transmission, the 2018 Thunder also received new standard in-car features and equipment. For starters, the Thunder now has a touchscreen infotainment system that supports AM/FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, Aux and SD. It also comes with a built-in iPod interface should one connect the device to the system.

Euro 4 diesel, 4x2 automatics for 2018 Foton Thunder

In terms of safety, the 2018 Thunder comes with a host of features like anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, traction control, electronic stability program, hill-descent control, hill-hold assist, reverse parking sensors and dual SRS airbags.

Other standard amenities on the 4x2 automatic Thunder include: foglights, keyless entry with remote window control, headlight level adjuster, central locking and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Euro 4 diesel, 4x2 automatics for 2018 Foton Thunder

Beside the Thunder, Blue Energy powertrains were also introduced in the Toplander, Toano and Traveller View models.

Foton will release official pricing of the Thunder 4x2 A/T and other Blue Power models soon.