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The new special-edition Ford Ranger is called ‘Thunder’

Exciting name, unfortunately not so exciting spec

Published: 18 May 2020
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Welcome world, to the newest iteration of the Ford Ranger Thunder. Fantastic name, right? Ford has some properly cool monikers for its pickup trucks, of course – there’s the Raptors, the Super Duty King Ranches and the old F-150 Lightning to name but a few.

Thunder was once applied to the facelifted versions of the first- and second-generation Rangers, and this third attempt will be offered as a limited-edition run with 4,500 examples for Europe, of which 1,400 will head to the UK.

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It’s based on the Wildtrak, but with only one colour choice and a host of options that now come as standard. Those include LED headlights, exclusive 18-inch wheels, leather seats and a heap of Thunder badges to match the Sea Grey paint and red highlights.

There’s only one choice of drivetrain too – the 2.0-litre twin-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine that sends 210bhp and 369lb ft of torque to all four wheels through Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Thankfully, Ford hasn’t slapped a massively inflated price tag on the Thunder for the sake of calling it a special edition. The Wildtrak starts at £32,086, whilst the Thunder is £32,965. Plus, you get to tell everyone you drive a Thunder – every cloud and all that…

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