Lately, there has been a lot of speculations about ford working on a new F-Series truck which is a smaller and more fuel efficient version of the Ford F-100. This is according to reports from pickuptrucks.com. They managed to catch up with a convoy of Ford prototypes running the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. Even though the prototypes were heavily camouflaged, there were a number of things that were gleaned from the shots.
FORD F-100: HISTORY AND NEWS
For starters, the shots reveal these may be the first prototypes for the 2015 Ford F-150 or the Ford F-100. The Ford F-100 may be a smaller new product meant to recapture the compact truck customers that Ford has been losing. Ever since they pulled the plug on the Ford Ranger, compact truck buyers were not happy with the ending of a very successful program. Ford probably thought that all of their Ranger customer base would go for the larger F-150. However, they have seen the effect of this and are probably trying to win back their customer base by building a smaller, more fuel-efficient product.
The trucks in the shots hide most of the styling details. This has made it difficult for people to reach conclusions with regard to size and packaging. One of the prototypes has wheel caps that indicate that there may be a lighter-duty, five-lug pattern instead of the six-lug specifications of the F-150.
Ford F-100: Features
The prototypes also had a split two-tip exhaust. This is similar to the Super-Duty trucks and suggests that the new truck may have a smaller diesel engine. From the back Ford F-100, it appears that the camouflage adds a sense of width to the trucks. However, the tires are well-seated within the arches. This suggests a smaller overall footprint as compared to the F-150 and a small profile truck.
It is undeniable that Ford’s future truck programs are moving beyond the mule stage. It is likely that these trucks will use a lot of new lightweight materials. They will also offer increased fuel economy in comparison to prior models.
These trucks have been designed to be fuel-efficient but not total work-trucks. They will be useful for people who may need the service of a truck at times, but only drive a car most of the time. These trucks may also come in handy for a commercial customer looking for a better fuel economy.
In a few words, Ford may have made a mistake by putting a stop to the Ford Ranger. The Ford F-100 could be a great decision and a brighter sales future for Ford.
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