“New Ford Ranger thunder storms into Europe” was the headline on the announcement that European pickup enthusiasts can purchase a special version of the midsize truck. Only 4,500 will be produced, with 1,400 offered for sale in the UK with 30 reserved for Ireland, Ford said.
The trucks have exclusive color-contrast exteriors, special touches in the “double cab” interior, and are powered by a bi-turbo 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine that provides 218 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Engines are linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Base price in England will be £32,965 ($40,195).
“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 of commercial vehicles for 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.”
The Thunder is based on the Ranger Wildtrak series, Ford said, and offers optimized load hauling and 4-wheel drive capability. Thunder is available in a single specification, finished in Sea Grey with red highlights and black trim. The truck has darkened light bezels front and rear, a black Mountain Top roller shutter bed cover, and rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels.
Inside, seats are in Ebony leather with red embroidery and red-illuminated sill plates.