Pickup trucks and utes are among the most popular vehicle types in the world. Literally the best-selling vehicle in America is a pickup, the Ford F-150, and then most popular vehicle in Australia is a ute, the Toyota HiLux.
For us driving enthusiasts, we prefer sports cars. And what is the most popular sports car in the world? Yep, the Ford Mustang. We thought why hasn’t Ford already tried to blend the two categories together to create one super-appealing sports truck? A Mustang ute.
After all, the company has blended another vehicle type, the SUV, with the Mustang pedigree, with the Mustang Mach-E. The fully electric SUV, by the way, has been confirmed to go on sale in Australia later this year.
So, what would a Ford Mustang pickup truck look like? We had a good long think about it and came up with this digital rendering. It merges the ruggedness of the F-150, as seen in the muscular wheel arches and broad shoulders, with the sportiness of the Mustang in its low nose and raked A-pillar.
At the lower front end you’ll see a robust chin spoiler in black. It’s nice and thick to withstand some scuffs and bumps while still functioning as a visual stimulant and improving airflow. The side skirts are trimmed back to avoid damage as well, although there is a little skirt to reflect its sporty twist.
We’d envision it as being powered by the 2024 Mustang GT 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which produces 357kW in the latest Dark Horse variant with the optional exhaust upgrade. You may have noticed we’ve used the latest S650 Mustang (also arriving in Australia later this year) headlight cluster for the ute.
While this is just a figment of our imagination, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ford did merge the Mustang badge with some kind of pickup truck in the future. There’s even speak of Ford planning a Mustang Raptor, which would essentially be Ford’s answer to the Porsche 911 Dakar and Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato.
What do you think? Would you be interested in a single-cab ‘driver’s truck’ wearing a Mustang badge like this? Or should the pony badge be strictly reserved for two-door sports cars only?