Ford Maverick: Small But Important Feature Confirms Pickup Body Style

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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.

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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.

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The Mave will ride on a variant of the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Bronco Sport, Lincoln Corsair, Ford Focus, Ford Escape, plus the Escape’s upcoming seven-seater variant.

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.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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.

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We’ll have much more on the future Ford Maverick soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Alex Luft

Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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  1. I don’t know why FORD bother with the small window opening personally , the best one was used on the Explorer Sport Trac but I hope it does well

    • Thats what I want, a 2 door with little or no tech. Actually making a 2 door wouldn’t be that difficult, sheet metal is very inexpensive to change, make this happen Ford.

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