Back in April, Foton Motor Philippines Inc (FMPI) showed the 2022 Thunder during the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). Sporting a brand new look inside and out, the pickup truck gets a more rugged exterior and a more car-like interior complete with new and upgraded amenities.
The pickup truck also comes with a new engine under the hood in the form of a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine developed in-house called Aucan. It replaces the 2.8-liter Cummins and makes 161 PS at 4000 rpm along with 390 Nm of torque at 1800 to 2600 rpm. At the time it was shown at MIAS, it was only revealed with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Impressive, but if Foton wants to attract more customers, the new Thunder needs to also be available with an automatic transmission. Luckily, the company has just revealed an automatic variant of their mid-size pickup truck.
Shown today at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) is the 2022 Thunder A/T. From its namesake, the pickup truck gets a 6-speed automatic gearbox complete with manual select. It is then coupled to the same 2.0-liter Aucan turbo-diesel inline-four that produces 161 PS with 390 Nm of torque.
Size-wise, the Thunder measures 5340mm long, 1940mm wide, and 1870mm tall. It also has a generous 3110mm wheelbase and a ground clearance of 220mm. Last but not least, it rolls on massive 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 265/60 tires.
When it comes to features and amenities, the A/T variant gets the same level of equipment as the manual version. From black leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment, automatic climate control, new gauges, keyless entry, audio controls on the steering wheel, an electronic parking brake, and an engine start/stop button, the 2022 Thunder is packing.
Standard safety features on the 2022 Thunder 4x2 A/T include; anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, traction control system, electronic stability program, hill-hold control, hill-descent control, a reverse camera, and dual front airbags.
The 2022 Foton Thunder 2.0 4x2 A/T retails for PHP 1.350 million while the 2.0 4x2 M/T is selling for PHP 1.180 million. Both variants are now available across authorized dealerships nationwide.