America’s love affair with pickups and utility vehicles is not going unnoticed at Ford Motor Company. Rumors the Blue Oval is working on a compact, unibody-based pickup are starting to advance in detail.
Chatter that Ford would rollout a new vehicle under the recently-launched Ranger are not new. That said, in a new Jalopnik report details how this new truck will be based on a front-wheel-drive unibody chassis, likely developed by the same engineering team that develops Ford’s commercial vehicle line. Some of the information coming directly from a Ford engineer’s post on social media.
Further details suggest the new truck will be named the Ford Courier when it enters production sometime in 2021. The Courier is speculated to be powered by Ford’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which offers around 245 horsepower in most other Ford applications. An additional hybrid variant is also expected, utilizing a next-generation version of Ford’s 2.5-liter Atkison cycle engine.
The front-wheel-drive pickup will also be offered with all-wheel-drive.
Assuming reports are accurate, it appears the Ranger will be getting a little brother in 2021. Given Ford is axing nearly every sedan in its lineup, it comes as little surprise the company is working on new models to restock its showrooms.