Even although the Focus is not long for America, Ford is seemingly engaged on a small pickup truck based mostly on the to-be-defunct compact, Ford Authority reports.
The publication’s unnamed sources say the brand new, unibody truck would slot beneath the Ranger, be powered by a collection of transverse-mounted naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinders, initially be entrance-wheel drive with the potential of all-wheel-drive choices, and launch in 2021 for the 2022 model year. Engineering and design work reportedly kicked off some months in the past, and the primary prototypes are mentioned to hit the testbeds very quickly.
Sources additionally say the compact pickup will most definitely (and somewhat intuitively, we’ll add) be known as the Courier. Ford even apparently filed a trademark for the title again in July 2016. Proper Ford nerds will notice, nonetheless, that a Courier already existed within the small, Fiesta-based mostly truck offered in South America.
One other doable moniker the small truck might take is Ranchero—a legacy nameplate taken from an El Camino competitor Ford constructed all through the ’60s and ’70s.
That different Focus-based mostly utility automobile, the Focus Active crossover, was initially going to be offered within the U.S. till President Trump’s tariffs imposed on automobiles imported from China made it lower than financially advisable.
The place precisely the Focus-truck can be constructed and whether or not or not it’s going to be bought in American showrooms stays to be seen. If it does, although, we predict it to start at someplace near $20,000.