Back in 2018, Ford Authority exclusively reported that Ford had begun developing a small unibody pickup that would slot underneath the Ford Ranger. For some time, many believed that this new compact truck would be called the Ford Courier, a name the automaker had filed to trademark in the U.S. in July of 2018. However, in May, we learned that the new pickup would be called the Ford Maverick, and now it seems that there’s even more proof to back up that report.
In a photo leaked to Motor1 by an anonymous source, we can clearly see what is a stamped tailgate bearing the Maverick name. It looks like a perfect match for today’s existing Ford truck models, including the F-150 and Ranger, right down to the font and size of the script. The overall size of the tailgate is clearly smaller than the one present on the mid-size Ranger as well, making this a seemingly legitimate leak.
We last saw the Maverick name grace a compact Ford model back in the 1970s, so it makes sense as a reborn compact, unibody pickup in this new, virtually car-less Blue Oval lineup. As Ford Authority previously reported, the Maverick will also share styling cues with the Bronco Sport.
In fact, we’ve even heard whispers that it wouldn’t be all too incorrect to call this vehicle the “Bronco Sport pickup.” Using this information, we also went to the trouble of creating some renders of what we think that will look like.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will ride on a variant of the Ford C2 platform shared most directly with the Ford Bronco Sport. Other models that also utilize this architecture include the fourth-generation Ford Focus, third-generation Ford Escape / Kuga, and first-generation Lincoln Corsair.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will also share powertrains with the Bronco Sport, which include the turbo-charged 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 “Dragon” and the turbo-charged 2.0L EcoBoost I-4. Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is expected to be the only gearbox option, sending power to either the front wheels as standard, or to all four wheels in AWD models. Like all vehicles riding on Ford’s C2 platform, the engine and transmission will be transversely-mounted.
The Ford Maverick is expected to arrive in the second half of the 2021 calendar year as a 2022 model. It will likely be produced alongside the Bronco Sport at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico.