Just like its Ranger and F-150 big brothers.
Ford's quest to offer a pickup truck model for everyone will continue with the Ford Maverick. As we recently learned, the Blue Oval's upcoming compact offering is nearing the final development phase and is expected to be revealed sometime next year. The latest reports indicate it will share many components with the Ford Transit Connect, specifically its unibody construction and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 162 horsepower on tap. Styling-wise, sources claim it'll have several key styling features, such as a flat hood, from the also new Ford Bronco Sport. While some truck customers may think the Maverick won't be much more than a Transit Connect truck, it will have one core feature essential for any proper truck.
A full glass window would have been the cheaper and faster method, but Ford is fully aware that wouldn't suffice. A small center window that can slide open to the bed is a must, plain and simple. Now, not all truck buyers will be interested in the Maverick given its lack of a body-on-frame chassis and compact dimensions.
But Ford also sees great potential among those who live in cities and more populated areas who want the many conveniences a truck offers but without the headache of having to park such a large vehicle and pay more at the pumps.
That said, it appears likely the Blue Oval will initially only sell the Maverick in a crew cab configuration, thus allowing for more rear passenger space. A single crew cab body style may not even be in the pipeline. The Maverick's bed size is also a mystery, though we hear it'll be relatively small compared to the Ranger's. Also, the Maverick could be at least two feet shorter in length than the midsize Ranger.
We'll hopefully be learning more about the Maverick in the coming months, assuming its 2022 model year target remains on schedule. Pricing should begin at just below the $20,000 mark and production will take place at the same Mexico production facility that's already churning out the new Bronco Sport.