Ford isn’t slated to officially reveal the upcoming Ford Maverick until some time next year, but over the past several months, details about the unibody pickup’s features have steadily trickled in. As first reported by Ford Authority, we now know that the Maverick will be structurally similar to the Bronco Sport from the B-pillar forward. Additionally, Ford is sticking the spare tire directly underneath the bed, a configuration seen in pretty much every body-on-frame pickup currently on the market. And today, we’ve managed to get our hands on a spy shot that shows the front and rear Ford Maverick doors opened for the first time.
Unfortunately, there isn’t too much we can glean from the shot, since we can’t see the actual cabin. But we can definitely see the door openings in the body meant to accommodate the pickup’s doors. While the front door appears to be the same, if not similar, to the Bronco Sport, the rear door is certainly larger than that of its ruggedized sibling, no doubt enabled by the Maverick’s longer wheelbase.
A larger rear door would allow owners to easily access the backseat, whether for cargo- or passenger-carrying purposes. And since the Ford Maverick is expected to cater to families, the larger rear door and associated opening could be a boon for passengers of all shapes and sizes.
When the Ford Maverick launches next year, it will slot below the Ford Ranger and serve as The Blue Oval’s entry-level pickup. The model will ride on the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Ford Escape and aforementioned Bronco Sport, Lincoln Corsair, and international-market Ford Focus.
Powertrain options will most likely include two Ford EcoBoost options, including the 1.5L EcoBoost three-cylinder and the 2.0L EcoBoost inline-four. Both of the boosted gasoline motors will be paired to the company’s new 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is expected to be standard, with all-wheel-drive offered as an option.
The fact that front and rear Ford Maverick doors look to be fairly accommodating for easy ingress and egress suggests that The Blue Oval is really sweating the details when it comes to its upcoming entry level pickup. And that’s a good thing, since the well-received 2021 Ford F-150 and 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport were also created under a similar “human-centered design” mantra.
Maverick production will take place at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in mid to late 2021, and the compact car-based pickup will come to market as a 2022 model year vehicle.