We here at Ford Authority have already told you a lot about the upcoming Ford Maverick compact unibody pickup, including that Ford has started developing the vehicle, that it will be called Maverick, that it will share a significant amount of hardware and sheetmetal with the new Bronco Sport. We also exclusively reported that the Maverick will feature a small, sliding rear window at the rear-most part of its cab. And today, a new set of spy shots confirms our report about the window.
One photo in particular, taken straight through the windshield, shows the small rear window at the end of the prototype’s cab. The small, sliding rear window is typically a staple in pickups, and its presence on this tester confirms that this prototype is, in fact, a pickup rather than an SUV that Ford camo designers would like to have us believe.
The compact Maverick will slot below the midsize, body-on-frame Ranger in Ford’s growing pickup lineup. Compared to the Ranger, the unibody Mave with have a smaller footprint, less off-road prowess and less towing and payload capability. However, it will also be more affordable.
Under the hood, we expect the Ford Maverick to offer the 1.5L EcoBoost Dragon three-cylinder engine as well as the optional 2.0L EcoBoost inline-four. The very base Maverick models could also offer one of the two naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engines, though this isn’t something we can confirm at this time. All Maverick models are also expected to feature Ford’s new 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive will be standard, and all-wheel-drive will be optional.
Maverick production will take place at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico, which also happens to be the birthplace of the new Bronco Sport. Expect a launch in mid-2021 as a 2022 model.