What will Ford’s new small unibody pickup look like?

Ford is working hard on its new small unibody pickup. Not only because of the Honda Ridgeline, but mostly due to the success of a vehicle that is mostly known by the South American public, the Fiat Toro. This small unibody pickup is built over the SUSW platform, the same one used by the Jeep Compass and Renegade. It is after this vehicle that most manufacturers are after. GM will have a similar one built over the GEM platform. Volkswagen has already presented the Tarok. But what will the new unibody pickup from Ford look like? We recently received a hint from an old friend: this one we now get to publish exclusively.

What will Ford's new small unibody pickup look like?
A famous Asian designer gives us his guess based on the new Ford Escape/Kuga. It may be called Courier or Ranchero

The images show a pickup derived from the brand new Ford Escape. Or Kuga, if you live in Europe. They were created by a talented designer from Asia who prefers to remain anonymous.

The new pickup, which will very likely be called Ranchero, will have the only front-wheel drive architecture Ford intends to have in its new products, the C2. It has debuted with the new Ford Focus and the Escape/Kuga also use it, what makes the renderings not far-fetched. Even if the appearance is different and squarer than the crossover. The pickup is believed to offer 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBoost engines, as well as automatic transmissions and turbodiesel mill options. Produced in Mexico, it will be exported to the US and to South American markets. It may also be produced in Argentina, from where it would head to Brazil.

What do you think of an Escape/Kuga pickup? Would it sell well? Gives us your impressions on the rendering and, in case you know more about the new unibody pickup from Ford, please let us know.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.