Ford may bring a new small-size ute to market that sits underneath the Ranger.
The car would be based on the front-wheel drive Focus platform and succeed the fourth-generation Courier ute that is based on the Fiesta sold in South America.
According to publication Automobile, sources close to the matter say the compact ute might go into production when the Focus receives its first update around 2022. Expanding beyond the South American market the Courier ute sells in, the new unibody utility could expand to US and European markets.
The Honda Ridgeline is the only unibody ute currently on sale in the US until the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz concept goes into production and could potentially open up sales in a new soft-ute segment.
The new Courier would likely use the Focus Active variant as its base, which is the highest-riding model in the line-up and comes with a more rugged-looking design.
The new ute could also ditch the Courier badge and bring back the Ranchero nameplate that saw its place on the back of a station wagon-based utility during the 1950s, 60s and 70s in the US. It would also follow Ford’s recent reborn model line-up that will see the baby bush-busting Bronco badge return.