Although PickupTrucks.com broke the story, the bastions of the mainstream car news and rumors at Automotive News has further confirmation this morning we should be expecting to see a smaller-than-F-150 pickup truck built on the F-150 platform sometime in the 2011 calendar year. Although AN's not confirming the name either, their speculation is similar to ours — a 2011/2012 Ford F-100. In addition to the additional speculation on the name, we're told this morning the project's been code-named P525 and although the new pickup is in Ford's cycle plan, it has not yet received final approval.
Our expectation is this is a slightly slimmed-down truck designed in part to build a Ranger replacement but probably more to keep the F-series numero uno in truck sales, allowing Ford to continue to wear that red badge of honor. Red badge? Wait, maybe we meant red target. Either way, Ford'll be trying to continue to wear it well into the second decade of this century. [via Automotive News (sub. req.)]