These are pretty turbulent times in the automotive industry and things are changing pretty fast. Each carmaker is trying to adapt to the market in the best possible way, so it’s no wonder that we can even hear rumors about models that have been forgotten a long time ago. Therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised with the reports that suggest a comeback of the famous coupe/ute, which could arrive already as the 2021 Ford Ranchero.
The thing with this model is pretty simple. As you probably know, the blue oval company believes that traditional passenger cars like sedans and hatchbacks are history. Ford is now focused on trucks and SUVs, with the exception of the legendary Mustang. Therefore, the company is also finding new ways to make its lineup interesting for a wider range of buyers. A great way is to offer something that combines different approaches in terms of base design characteristics and that’s where the 2021 Ford Ranchero could play an important role.
2021 Ford Ranchero Design
If we look at the previous models under this nameplate, which were popular in the 60s and 70s, the focus was on making a sporty car that can also be pretty useful in terms of utility. Therefore, it features a typical pickup layout but based on a unibody platform with a pretty sporty stance.
We have no doubt that the 2021 Ford Ranchero would come in a similar manner. If you are familiar with the Australian car market, you know that there are still such vehicles in the offer. Those are typical coupe-ute models, based on legendary muscle cars,
Therefore, we know what to expect from the new Ranchero. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is a unibody platform. Still, don’t expect a design you can see on models like Honda Ridgeline. This model will use a sports coupe as its basis, so we may presume it will ride on a new CD6 platform. The new architecture debuted with the new Explorer and it will also be used for the next-generation Mustang. The 2021 Ford Ranchero should share most of its mechanics with the legendary pony car, thought aesthetics are expected to be significantly different.
Not only that the 2021 Ford Ranchero will feature a completely different body style, but it will also use a different design language compared to Mustang. We presume the new Ranchero will be fitted to the brand’s new design language, while the muscle legend will probably keep its exclusive character.
The rest of the body is expected to arrive in a typical coupe/ute manner, which means a single cab layout with a cargo bed. Of course, count on low ground clearance and RWD layout.
The same thing goes for the interior design, which will also stick to typical coupe/ute design solutions. In practice, this means a single row of seats, where we could even see a bench is some scenario, where the base version would feature capacity for three passengers. Some reports even suggest we could see versions with the additional second row, though that doesn’t seem very likely at this point. When it comes to the dashboard design, we expect to see a lot of inspiration from the latest Ford models, so we may see a lot of tech goodies on the inside, including things like a vertically positioned touchscreen, digital instrument cluster etc.
2021 Ford Ranchero Engines
The blue oval company relies mostly on smaller turbocharged engines from the EcoBoost family these days, so we have no doubt that the 2021 Ford Ranchero will go in the same way. Therefore, the base models could come with a familiar 2.3-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 300 horsepower. Of course, bigger engines will be in the offer too, including 2.7- and 3.5-liter V6 engines. All models should come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Also, we count on some form of electrification in the future, on both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. More details should be known soon.
2021 Ford Ranchero Release Date and Price
The 2021 Ford Ranchero is just a rumor at the moment and you should take this article with a huge reserve. Even if the model arrives one day, we presume that base versions will go around 30.000 dollars.