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Ford Testing A Car-Based Pickup Down Under

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We have written several times about the Ford Courier pickup that will slot under the Ranger in the North American market. It appears the Ford Courier car-based pickup may be a global product. Ford is developing the car-based pickup in Australia as we speak. While there is no confirmation it is the same truck as the Courier; it would be a surprise if the two products weren’t the same.

Engineering documents rumored to have been seen from the Australian You Yangs proving grounds ran by Ford show that the car-based pickup is using the Ford Focus C2 car platform. The project is using the codename P758 for now. It is believed to be the Courier pickup, but it could have a different name in markets outside the States.

The engineering documents allegedly show that the prototype pickup is using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine that is paired with an 8F24 8-speed automatic transmission. That engine choice is interesting as it’s not used in the Focus family. The Focus ST uses a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The 2.0-liter engine was used in past Focus ST models.

The engine in the car-based pickup is said to pack 183kW and 373Nm of torque. The engineering document also revealed that the pickup is using a Russian-market derivative of the C2 platform to evaluate chassis components. That is strange considering Ford has ditched the Russian market leaving Sollers in control of its joint venture there. The Courier pickup is expected to land in Brazil first as a 2021 model.

Ford is also testing the next-gen Ranger pickup in Australia at the same proving grounds. Next-gen Ranger trucks using a V8, 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel, and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 out of the Ford F-150 are rumored to be in testing.

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Source: whichcar.com.au

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Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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