Ford's next pickup can be a car.
The automaker, who plans to eliminate all of the four-door car models in the United States in favor of a mostly SUV and truck, will introduce focus-based compact pickup in 2020, Automobile reports.
Sources familiar with the project said that the unibody vehicle would resemble the Brazilian Ford Courier, which was last sold in 2013, but only made it as close to the United States as Mexico.
This is where the new will be built, according to the report, along with the brand new focus on which it will be based. What is still unclear is whether it is being imported into the United States, with the final decision being partly linked to the ongoing international trade negotiations.
General Motors and Fiat Chrysler sell both similar vehicles overseas, but it is not currently earmarked for the US market. But Hyundai has promised a production version of its compact SUV-based Santa Cruz pickup concept, but has not yet confirmed a date of arrival. Ford is expected to be larger than the last Courier, but less than the upcoming Ranger reboot.
As for what Ford is called, the brand has used Courier name on small pickup since 2016, while American pickup customers are more familiar with Ranchero, which ended its production in 1979. But the latest vehicle made of this type was actually the Australian Falcon Ute, which expired in 2016.
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