Ford is allegedly developing an all-new pickup truck designed to slot below the popular Ranger in its family of utilitarian vehicles.
Details about the vehicle remain unconfirmed but Ford Authority asserts that the vehicle will be based on the same platform as the latest-generation Focus. Consequently, the pickup will have a transversely-mounted powertrain and most likely be sold exclusively with a selection of four-cylinder engines in naturally-aspirated and turbocharged forms.
Ford is said to have started developing the new pickup a number of months ago and is gearing up to start prototype testing in the first half of 2019.
While a Focus-based pickup truck may sound unusual, it wouldn’t be new territory for Ford. In fact, the automaker previously sold a Fiesta-based pickup in South America dubbed the Courier. Interestingly, Ford filed a new trademark for the Courier name in July 2016 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, prompting speculation that this new Focus-based pickup could adopt the Courier name also.
Regardless of its name, the new pickup truck will be marginally smaller than the Ranger and sold in a number of guises. It remains to be seen which markets Ford will target with the new pickup but it could conceivably be sold in places like South America, Australia, and South Africa.
The model will apparently be introduced during 2021 as a 2022 model year.
Carscoops has contacted Ford for more information about the vehicle.