Jan 3rd 2012
I've been again discussing this issue with some Ford representatives. As of December 2011 Ford has been re-evaluating all its available options.
Ford Marketing has recently stated that there appears to be more market interest in the truck smaller than the F150 than we originally had thought. ("good grieve guys... welcome to yesterday")
Ford will be watching the 2013 Chevy Colorado release carefully and will continue to watch the market. If it makes fiscal sense, we may yet see a truck smaller than the F150.
2014 release as a 2015.
Chassis based off of theF150 but narrower and modified 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.
Edited by Mackintire, 04 January 2012 - 04:09 PM.