Originating from the existing Ranger Wildtrack model, the Ranger Thunder features quite a number of aesthetic upgrades, both on the exterior  and interior such as;

  • The new 3D printed Front Grille and Thunder badges in Race Red with Ebony black accent and 18-inch multi spoke alloy wheels for a boosted stance.
  • The bed of the new Ranger Thunder mow carries a storage box and roller cover for an extra storage and safe management of items.
Upgrades have been made in the interior to match up with the Thunder theme, new front leather seats with stitching and  “Thunder” decals embroidered in red. The Race Red stitching also goes through the dashboard, steering wheel and gear lever.
The New Ranger Thunder is powered by the 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine with a power output of 157kW and 500Nm. Linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior & Style
You will definitely not miss it in public, standing out from the other Rangers, on the outside the Ranger Thunder features a new three-dimensional front grille with vibrant racing red intakes trims insert on the side. Thunder badging along the side and back as well as a red decal wrapped on the side of the sports bar which overall gives the Thunder a bit of a sporty look.
Clearing the ground by 230mm with 800mm of wading depth capability. the Ranger Thunder rides on classy gloss black 18-inch double spoke alloy wheels, replacing the standard silver alloy wheels that comes fitted on the Ranger Wildtrak.
The Ranger Thunder is available in the following colours Frozen White, Absolute Black, Sea Grey, and Moondust Silver.
Tech and Safety
The Ranger Thunder is very well equipped, boasting a full-colour 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system SYNC 3 with integrated navigation, reverse camera, and voice recognition. compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. I found the built-in navigation system to not be the most accurate and user-friendly to use on the go.
Being a workhorse and mostly used as a mobile office, the Thunder boasts several power outlets, including a 2x USB port with a 2x 12V power outlet at the front and an AC converter 230V / 150 W power socket at the back with an additional 12V outlet.
The Thunder Also features autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision alert, and a pretty useful semi-automatic parallel park assist which comes in handy when it comes to parking a 5.4m long vehicle like the Thunder. Other passive safety features include 7-airbags, ABS, EBD, and ESP.
Several storage bins and cup holders are found inside the cabin, the Thunder also comes fitted with a waterproof load bay cover and an adjustable load bay divider which comes in handy for load storage and helps prevent luggage from sliding while driving around.
The drive and Performance
The new Ranger Thunder is powered by the same powertrain found in the Ranger Wildtrak which is known to be the best in its class. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Bi-Turbo diesel engine develops 157kW and 500Nm torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 10-speed automatic transmission works smoothly and effortlessly with 3 driving modes 2H, 4H, and 4L. in town or on paved roads, you’ll mostly find yourself driving in 2H (rear-wheel drive) which can be easily switched to 4L (four-wheel-drive low range) when it’s time for some serious 4×4 driving. The off-roading capability of the Thunder is unmatched, although you may find yourself stuck in a muddy terrain if not fitted with the right tyres.
Ford claims fuel consumption of 7.8 litres /100km, but I managed an average of 10.9L on open highway roads, and a slight increase to 11.4L was noticed after pushing the Thunder on the 4×4 off-road trail
Available in Frozen White, Absolute Black, Sea Grey, and Moondust Silver.
With a six-year/90,000km service plan is included, with 15,000 km service intervals.
All pricing includes VAT:
Ranger 3.2 TDCI Double-Cab Thunder 6AT 4X2 – R711,600
Ranger 2.0L BiT Double-Cab Thunder 10AT 4X2 – R736,000

Ranger  2.0L BiT Double-Cab Thunder 10AT 4X4 – R787,000