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The Ford Maverick Will Have A Spare Tire Mounted Underneath Its Bed

Despite The Blue Oval’s best efforts to conceal the fact, we can confirm that the Ford Maverick is indeed a pickup, even though the prototypes we’ve spied recently are made to look like an SUV/crossover via a bed cap and some clever camo. That means that the forthcoming model also sports a host of truck-like features, including a spare tire mounted underneath its bed.

The spare tire location is notable, since this is a unibody pickup. However, there’s really no other place to logically mount the spare tire on a truck, whether it utilizes unibody construction like the Maverick or a more traditional body-on-frame configuration.

It’s also worth noting that the Ford Bronco Sport, with which the Maverick shares the same Ford C2 platform and styling details, does not have a spare tire mounted underneath the vehicle. Rather, it’s located under the load floor in the rear cargo area.

Though it’s a compact unibody pickup that’s smaller and lower to the ground than the mid-size Ford Ranger, the Ford Maverick does feature a few truck-like details. They include a sliding rear window, as Ford Authority exclusively reported, in addition to a fairly conventional suspension system. The prototypes we’ve seen so far also have rather strange exhaust routing, but that could change when the pickup reaches production.

The Maverick is expected to be offered with either Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost Dragon three-cylinder or an optional 2.0L EcoBoost inline-four, both of which are expected to be paired with FoMoCo’s new 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s currently unclear, but a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder is also a possibility. The compact pickup will come in front-wheel-drive configuration, but all-wheel-drive will also be available.

The Maverick will be offered as a four-door / Super Crew body style out of the gate. Production of the new model will take place at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly 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.

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

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Jorge Esquinca

    As former owner of a 1976 Ford Maverick, it´s a real shame to see a great muscle car turned into a truck or even worse, a boring SUV. Not everyone likes SUV´s or Crossovers and seeing a great car being transformed into another truck or another boring SUV, it´s an atrocity.

    1. Mike

      Could be worse, I mean they could’ve made it electric and used a great name like Mustang, that should only be used for a pony car. Not that anyone would be stupid enough to do that. Maverick is a good truck name tho. The Japanese and Koreans are using up all the good western names.

  2. Bob 11

    In the Transit Connect, the spare tire is mounted beneath the van.

  3. 2.7EcoBoost

    This thing is going to come down to two things. Price and looks. If it looks like a “truck” and is priced where younger 20-30 yr old can afford it, it should sell decently.

  4. Zach

    Ford has globally sold SUVs called Maverick. They have been rebadged first gen Escapes in Europe, as well as rebadged Nissan Patrols and Nissan Terranos. This is actually not the first time the Maverick nameplate has been reused.


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