There are lots of people who like the idea of driving a truck but do not need the ability to tow tens of thousands of pounds. While the upcoming midsize Ford Ranger may prove to be a better option for some, a new, even smaller compact Ford pickup may be released by 2022 to appeal to those who want to go even smaller.
According to Automobile magazine, Ford is considering reintroducing a compact unibody pickup to the American market sometime within the next five years. The last time Ford offered a small pickup was the Courier, which ended production in the early 1980s to make way for the Ranger and has been off the international market since 2013.
According to Automobile’s sources, the new truck would be larger than the previous Courier model but smaller than the current Ranger. Because of its small size, its towing and hauling capabilities likely would stay relatively low, but it would prove a versatile option for customers who may want to drive a truck but simply don’t need all that truck.
In speaking with Car and Driver, Ford spokesperson Dawn McKenzie said that Ford will be “significantly expanding our North America lineup with all-new vehicles and entering new segments with fresh designs and white-space silhouettes that will position us for even more growth.” While that’s not a definite yes, it certainly doesn’t sound like a no to us.
To see the new 2019 Ford Ranger, stop into Sanderson Ford’s showroom later this year and make sure you’re one of the first to take it for a test drive.