If we can trust rumors, the blue oval company is about to bring back another familiar nameplate. This time, it’s about the Courier, a well-known name in the world of commercial vehicles, which was in production since the 50s. These days, we are hearing reports about the new model, which would come as the 2022 Ford Courier. Once again, it would be a light commercial vehicle but probably focused on emerging markets.
The history of this nameplate starts in the 50s, as we already mentioned. Even at the time, it was a commercial vehicle, while things became more serious in the 70s. At the time, Ford worked a lot with Mazda, so it’s no wonder that the Courier was a rebadged version of the famous B Series Japanese pickup. During the 90s, the Courier became a light commercial vehicle, based on the Fiesta hatchback. The last time we saw this nameplate active was in the 2010s, on the Brazilian market.
Allegedly, the new 2022 Ford Courier will arrive by the end of this year.
2022 Ford Courier Design
If we can trust the latest reports, Ford will once again develop a light commercial vehicle for emerging markets. However, the new model will come in the form of a pickup, though a pickup that rides on a unibody platform. However, it won’t be as small as was the case with the previous model, considering that the new 2022 Ford Courier won’t be based on Fiesta.
The new model will be slightly bigger and it will borrow many design solutions from Focus and Escape. The compact hatchback has been around for a while and it looks like a proven and reliable platform for a vehicle like this one.
We expect to see the 2022 Ford Courier in a typical pickup form when it comes to body style. It’s hard to say at this point, but we presume that both single and double cab variants could be offered. We presume that the most popular would be the single-cab model, which would come with a fairly decent bed capacity.
When it comes to the styling, most reports suggest a little bit different approach compared to the Focus, even though the mechanical aspect will be completely the same. In the case of styling, the 2022 Ford Courier will come with a different, more rugged appearance. This particularly refers to the front end, where we expect to see a lot of influence from the body-on-frame pickups like Ranger and F-150.
The inside of this pickup shouldn’t have too much in common with Focus either. Simply, we are talking about a commercial vehicle, which also needs to be affordable. Therefore, the dashboard definitely won’t look as fancy as the one in the popular hatchback. Instead, it will rather feature a simplified design, with lower-grade materials and less equipment.
Speaking of the equipment, we presume that base versions will be pretty basic. On the other hand, we do expect to see higher trim levels with more things on the list of standard equipment, including the latest tech goodies and driver assistance features.
2022 Ford Courier Engines
In this case, we count on a tight relationship with the Focus. This would mean almost the entire lineup, starting from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit that puts out around 123 horsepower. A three-cylinder engine with the same displacement and a turbocharger will be available too. This unit is available in two configurations, with either 150 or 180 horsepower.
Considering that we are talking about a commercial vehicle, a diesel version in the offer seems natural. We presume that would be a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel, which puts out around 120 horsepower. Some sources also speculate about the 2.0-liter turbo-four with 250 horsepower, but that sounds way too ambitious for a vehicle like this one.
We count on both manual and automatic transmissions to be on the offer.
2022 Ford Courier Release Date and Price
If you are about to trust rumors, you may expect to see this model already by the end of the year. Still, keep in mind that the officials are still quiet about this model, so we suggest you to take all these with a big reserve. If it arrives, we presume that the base price would go around 20.000 dollars.