F100 given the green light again - Mackintire @ BON
At first I chocked this up as a a pipe dream, but the chips are starting to fall in place and I am beginning to believe it. Giving a little more credit to this is the fact that I have recently visited 5 Ford dealerships and all have said that they have been receiving requests from customers for an updated truck smaller than the F150.
So here's the latest rumor.
2014 release as a 2015.
Chassis based off of the [strike]F150 but narrower and modified[/strike] Full size Ford Transit
EB 2.0 and EB 2.7 are the suspected engines. Ford can pull many parts from the F150, but the narrowed chassis will require unique sheet metal and interior.
The goal appears to be to have a smaller vehicle that fits in the slot under the F150 with 2-3 mpg increase over a 2x4 F150 and sell at $2-3K less than an F150.
This line of thinking has merit as there has been discussion on how to get the current F150 to drop the almost 1000lbs required to make up the currently expected deficit generated by the upcoming 2016 CAFE regulations.
I am of the belief that the F100 would help pull up the current F series CAFE ratings and would be able to be produced at the same factory that currently produces the F150.
Here are the FACTS
Ford stated that the US is not getting the T6.
Ford stated that the F100 project had been placed on hold and could be restarted if necessary
Ford has stated that they need the F150 to drop 1000lbs to make their 2016 fuel economy goals
Ford had assumed that the EB 2.0 liter and the weight loss of 1000lbs would reach their increased fuel economy goal
Ford has been surprised at the number of consumers that still want a truck smaller than the F150. This info was sourced from multiple Ford dealerships.
Ford currently has the EB 2.7 liter engine is development and expects to have it available in a Lincoln mid 2013. This wouldn't be the first time Ford has made a habit out of releasing a engine in a car a year or two before the same engine is released in a truck..
The Ford transit is now scheduled to be build in Kansas, starting 2013
Back to the world of possibility:
Unless Ford intends to sell a lot of transits, it is very likely that the F100 will be built on a modified transit platform in that same plant.