Ford's latest Aussie beaut
Ford Australia says it mixed Ford’s built tough truck character with ideas that explore lifestyle and sporty uses for future utes when it designed the 4-Trac concept version of the new Courier. “Our designers have taken the typical (ute) and given it a lot more sophistication, style and purpose,” says Ford Australia marketing general manager Rebecca Martin.
It has true off-road capability, rugged features and durable aluminium surfaces. “At the same time, owners would be proud to use it as stylish transport for their active families on weekends and holidays,” Martin says. “Our consumer insight research has told us local customers need and want (utes) that are rugged for the workplace and stylish for the family. We used that information to inspire the look for the 4-Trac concept.”
Ford Asia Pacific chief designer, Paul Gibson, penned the 4-Trac, which he says is “a response to the needs and aspirations of a new generation of consumers. It clearly shows Ford will continue to produce trucks that make a statement for a younger, bolder generation of consumers who want a vehicle that provides more possibilities for them to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.” It’s based on a four-door crew cab Courier, but has a US pick-up-style vertical front and and prominent Ford oval in the middle of the three-bar grille. The grille fronts a power bulge that runs from the bonnet through to the undercarriage. It is flanked by high-tech headlights and integrated fold-out rope hooks. There are large, clean surfaces down the body side, pronounced wheelarches with integrated side repeater lights; and 17-inch six-spoke Turbine alloy wheels shod with with all-terrain tyres.
Ford is coy about the mechanical specification: our questions brought an “it’s a concept” response. The media release talks of a “powerful engine,” but no-one at Ford wants to say what engine. We’d guess at the potent 3.0-litre V6. Ford says it also has “excellent 4x4 ability and dynamic stability control”.
The 4-Trac concept is specced for rescue work with an emergency red paint job, heavy-duty power winches front and rear, integrated rope hooks and tie-down points. State-of-the-art LEDs – 172 in total – are used for high-intensity warning and rescue lights on the roof, which are mounted on an integrated sports bar. LEDs are also used in the headlights, tail-lights and on the door mirrors.
At the rear, 4-Trac has a unique double-folding, power assisted tray with three-step access. This tailgate within a tailgate offers inner and outer sections operating together or independently. The outer body-colour section folds down to the ground, acting as a ramp; the inner aluminium section, with large 4-Trac branding, folds 90 degrees for ease of loading and unloading. It can also be folded flat to carry longer objects. The rear cargo area includes six portable containers – inspired by offshore rescue boats – for carrying a variety of gear. A hatch enables access from the cargo area directly into the cabin.