Ford Teases A New Unibody Truck In The Works For A 2022 Launch Date

Ford Teases A New Unibody Truck In The Works For A 2022 Launch Date
Reports suggest that Ford is redirecting its resources to develop a compact truck that uses the Focus platform as its starting point. (Photo: ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES | Reuters)

Unlike other carmakers, Ford continues to rely on its Mustang series, SUVs, and trucks as its popular products. Therefore, it is not really a surprise to learn that the brand has plans to release a new smaller truck that sits on one of its existing platforms. For now, the new vehicle remains unnamed, but that might soon change at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

The discovery of its new project appears to support the American automaker's announcement last spring. It confirmed plans to halt all production of its car catalog in the US, which encompasses familiar models such as the Taurus, Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion, as detailed by CarBuzz. Nevertheless, sources claim that overseas markets will continue to see upgraded models come out annually.

Information regarding the new Ford truck originally surfaced last summer. Automotive industry insiders quickly hinted that it will be positioned below the Ranger and will use the Focus platform a unibody construction. There's also a probability that consumers will get a glimpse of a prototype model at the upcoming car show early next year.

Until the manufacturer releases more information, experts can only speculate on what its spec sheet will offer. Some of these include two engine options, with one turbocharged and the other naturally aspirated. It could primarily feature a four-cylinder configuration, but the brand's new 1.5-liter EcoBoost unit might make an appearance with 180 horsepower in tow.

Transmission choices are possibly an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Lastly, following the platform's setup, a transversely-mounted powertrain is likely on board as well. An all-wheel-drive, as well as a front-wheel-drive trim, is likewise a possible selection when it leaves the prototype stages.

There are those that are worried that the absence of a body on frame chassis akin to that on the Ranger and F-150 might affect its quality and performance. However, the outgoing Explorer model proves otherwise. The latter's popularity with law enforcement agencies suggests that the new project is in good hands. Sources are confident that the manufacturer's engineers will ensure that it meets the standards expected of the blue oval emblem.

According to a trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by the American marque in July 2016, there is a possibility that the new model will bear the Courier name. Ford Authority also implies that the growing market for nostalgic products could see the Ranchero label make a comeback. Additionally, buyers will most likely see this model in dealerships by 2021.

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