Ford plan­ning smaller, more af­ford­able pickup

Cheaper than Ranger, it will likely use Fo­cus plat­form

The Province - - TRUCKING - COLE­MAN MOLNAR Driv­ing.ca

Here is a ru­mour you can move over into the “ver­i­fied” cat­e­gory: Ford’s pres­i­dent of global mar­kets, Jim Far­ley, has con­firmed the com­pany is build­ing a new uni­body truck that will be more af­ford­able and smaller than the Ranger.

Au­to­mo­tive News re­layed the info from the Deutsche Bank Global Auto In­dus­try Con­fer­ence in Detroit, where Far­ley told at­ten­dants that Ford has been “in­vest­ing in more af­ford­able ver­sions of our truck busi­ness” and to “ex­pect new name­plates be­low where we com­pete to­day.”

Since the lighter, Fi­esta-based Ford Courier went out of pro­duc­tion in 2013, the mid-size Ranger has been the most af­ford­able and smallest Ford pickup, start­ing at $30,969 in Canada for the 2019 model.

Far­ley didn’t give a re­lease date or much in the way of de­tails, but last year re­ports sur­faced sug­gest­ing the new Ford prod­uct will be based on the same plat­form as the Fo­cus, and likely hit North Amer­i­can mar­kets in 2022.

Far­ley also con­firmed an­other Ford ru­mour. He said the au­tomaker was also work­ing on “elec­tri­fy­ing the F-se­ries, both bat­tery-elec­tric and hy­brid.”

DEREK MCNAUGHTON/DRIV­ING.CA

The new pickup truck Ford will build will be smaller than the cur­rent Ranger, above.

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