Let the guessing game finally end.
For well over a year now there have been a number of potential names mentioned for Ford's upcoming Baby Bronco. Not to be mistaken with the also upcoming Ford Ranger-based Bronco SUV, the smaller vehicle will instead share a platform with the Ford Escape, thus making it a crossover and not a body-on-frame SUV. The Ford Bronco will compete directly against the Jeep Wrangler. The Baby Bronco, however, will be aimed at customers who have no need or desire to do serious off-roading but want something with rugged looks and all-wheel drive. That ruggedness deserves a proper name and the Bronco6G fan forum has uncovered evidence Ford has decided on its official name: Maverick.
The information comes from a forum member who was searching for part numbers and discovered several listed specifically for the Maverick.
The vehicle was also listed as a 2020 model, meaning an official reveal is coming very soon. However, this report also claims production is set to get underway this August, so chances are high that the Ford Maverick will be a 2021 model. Because the Maverick shares its platform with the Escape, expect it to also share its engines, consisting of a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three and a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four, and the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. We don't know just yet whether AWD will be standard but it'll without question be optional.
Those who were put off by the Escape's more wagon-like styling will likely find the Maverick far more appealing. Ford essentially realized there are two types of compact crossover customers: mall shoppers and outdoorsy types. The Escape is clearly intended for the former.
The Maverick's arrival will enable Ford to have something for everyone. Meanwhile, the reborn Ford Bronco will finally give the Blue Oval a true midsize SUV once again. There's even word it could spawn a pickup truck variant to compete directly against the Jeep Gladiator. The Ford Ranger isn't going anywhere and will instead offer buyers a more conventionally designed midsize truck.
With the pending arrival of the Ford Maverick and Ford Bronco, the automaker's transformation from selling traditional cars to a lineup consisting of trucks, SUVs, crossovers, the Ford Mustang, and new EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, is about complete.