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Ford Ranger Thunder 2.0 BiT 4x4 Thunder Hi-Rider

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Ride the storm

New to South African roads the Ford Ranger Thunder is still in early stages of trial but if you look at sales figures and just keep an eye out at in the parking lot, you will notice how popular it has become in such a short amount of time. It’s seen a Wildtrack but, in true Ford fashion, that has been upped with an upgraded appearance and additional features.

The Concept

This large bakkie is ideal for the woman who wants to make a statement, and a big one at that. With its domineering presence, comfortable drivability and practical functioning, the Thunder doesn’t have any hook-ups or hang-ups and that’s why it will do well as a family vehicle as well.

The Look

The Ford Ranger is a dominating vehicle, no doubt about that.  The Ford Ranger Thunder is even more domineering, well, in my opinion at least. With the new grille laced and stylish red detail the front end of this bakkie looks seriously sporty and ready for action. It also has many other domineering features added onto this trekker. Exclusive to this derivative is a 3D Thunder nomenclature, new black 18-inch alloys, a black mountain top roller shutter, a bed-divider in load box, sports hoop with red inserts and 18-inch alloy wheel. The LED headlights are enhanced with an automatic on/off feature, levelling and Daytime Running. There is also fog lights in the front as well as in the rear and a high-mounted stop lamp with load-box lighting.

The Feel

Covered in leather the cabin has a premium feel to it and, paired with complementary red stitching, the Thunder’s interior boasts with flair. Throughout the cabin you are reminded of the vehicle’s remark and it’s easy to spot the hints such as the Thunder embroidery on the seats and sporty red illuminations. This is still a bakkie, meaning its utility orientated, and that is clear with the practicality and comfort features found throughout the inside. The driver’s seat has an 8-way power-adjustability with lumbar support adjustment and both front passengers will enjoy heating on frosty mornings. Overall, the feel of the cabin is an exceptional blend of sport and sophistication but most importantly, its comfortable, so you can rest assured knowing that each and every trip in the Ford Ranger Thunder will be a remarkable. 

The Features

The 8-inch SYNC infotainment system is equipped with 6 speakers, a CD player, two USB ports, MP3, Bluetooth Connectivity and Navigation. Cruise control, Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, Keyless entry and push-button start, all round electric windows with driver one-touch up/down function and anti-pinch as well as three 12V power sockets (front, rear console and load-box). To park such a beast can be troublesome, especially in the tight slots found in the city. Not to worry Ford tough ahead and enabled the Thunder with Front and rear parking sensors with a rear-view parking camera as well as Active Park Assist for parallel parking.

ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Rollover Mitigation, Adaptive Load Control, Trailer Sway Control, Traction Control and ESP brake system are all driver assisting features integrated into the Thunder to help you pilot it around town, through the bush or in the long run. This bakkie also has Adaptive Cruise Control with Heads-up display, Forward Collision Warning, Distance alert, Autonomous emergency braking, Lane-keeping Aid, Driver Alert System and Auto high-beam control. Furthermore you can also find childproof rear door locks, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and a volumetric burglar alarm system. To complete the safety features of the Thunder there river and passenger airbag, side and curtain airbags as well as inflatable knee airbag.

The Drive

The Ford Ranger Thunder is powered by a 2.2-litre engine that generates 157kW of power and 500Nm of torque so you don’t have to worry about those tough terrains, the Thunder will tackle them all. This bakkie has slick gear changes thanks to a 10 speed automatic transmission and paired with aids such as the Electronic locking rear differential and Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly (ESOF) so buckle up because you’re in for a ride. I must also mention its economical fuel consumption, it has an impressive usage of –litre per 100km which is really impressive considering its sheer size and capabilities.

The Thunder kind of reminds me of those aunties that look scary and intimidating but once you speak to her you realise she’s all gooey inside and will always pestering you have another cookie. The Thunder is similar in the fact that it look like a non-nonsense and robust exterior but getting behind the wheel and you will find that its rather refined in driving. The ride is comfortable and the ever present noises and rattles that have become trademarked to these large bakkies has been polished out so well done on that one Ford!

Where to find it

If this robust Ranger has caught your eye and you want to call this babe your own, visit www.ford.co.za now!

#Womentorque #Bakkie #Family_Car #Fuel_Efficient #Performance #Safety #Reliable #Off_Roading 

Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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