In July 2018, a rumour surfaced suggesting Ford was developing a new small (Focus-based) unibody bakkie that could serve as a long-awaited replacement for the half-tonne Bantam (the brand later applied to trademark the “Courier” name). And now a digital artist has created a render of what the baby pick-up could look like.
Kleber Silva of Brazil – the country where the production model is expected to eventually debut – has imagined the double-cab bakkie in two trim levels: Active (above) and Titanium (below).
Interestingly, he has handed it the Ranchero moniker, a badge reserved for a single-cab utility vehicle produced from 1957 to 1979 (and one also employed in South Africa on a Falcon-based model).
While both rendered versions use the Blue Oval brand’s latest family face – dominated by that signature grille – the Active derivative gains extra black plastic cladding up front and a foglamp arrangement borrowed from the Focus Active. The Titanium’s lower facia, meanwhile, mimics that of the Focus model of the same trim.
And the rear section of the rendered bakkies? Well, it seems Silva has used elements of the Volkswagen Tarok concept here, which is interesting considering Ford and VW are exploring a strategic alliance that is likely to kick off with commercial vehicle projects…