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Funky Ford Freestyle pick-up a Bantam successor that will never happen

19.02.2018

General Motors' much-publicised exit from the South African market last year not only resulted in the ending of production of the Brazilian sourced, South African built Chevrolet Utility but left the Nissan NP200, itself derived from the first generation Dacia / Renault Logan, as the sole half-ton pick-up on the market.

With Fiat not expected to re-launch the Strada back into the country anytime soon and Volkswagen still refusing to confirm whether the Saveiro would arrive at some stage, it, therefore, presents an opportunity for Ford to enter the segment with a replacement for the Bantam that ended production seven years ago.

The latest rendering by Brazilian automotive artist Kleber Silva, therefore, paints an interesting picture of what a modern half-ton Blue Oval half-ton pick-up could like to challenge the NP200 as well as the segment dominating Strada, Saveiro and the Utility's Latin derivate, the Chevrolet Montana, in South America.

Unlike the Bantam which first used the Ford Escort as a base followed by the Mazda 323 and then the Fiesta, the render uses the recently launched Figo derived Freestyle as a starting point, with a side profile heavily influenced by the Strada and a rear clip featuring a swoopy tailgate and lights taken from the Figo sedan.

Sadly, Ford seems unlikely to return to the half-ton segment even in South America, hence don't expect the production-ready depictions to become a reality anytime soon.

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Posted by: Willie
Submitted: 20-09-2018
it will be the best news for our ford fans if could happend
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Posted by: Benjy
Submitted: 10-01-2019
Waiting for it wit a passion
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Posted by: Witrot
Submitted: 10-01-2019
When it happens Ford will be the best seller that will hit the market by force. So many people will be excited to get it.
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Posted by: Devyn
Submitted: 20-01-2019
This is what the world needs a good half ton competition
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Posted by: Awie
Submitted: 25-01-2019
I will definitely be the first to buy one
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Posted by: Joe
Submitted: 25-02-2019
SA needs a Bantam to rival the Nissan. Have had one for many years now. They can really upgrade the interior space and spec though..
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Posted by: Kyle
Submitted: 17-03-2019
I have a 2006 bantam and have done so much with it. I will be the first to buy this new halfton for sure.
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Posted by: Bongeka
Submitted: 01-04-2019
I want it now...plz manufacture lool
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Posted by: Kharikhode Nedombeloni
Submitted: 01-04-2019
I am really waiting for this one