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Rugged Ford Maverick Trim, Possibly Timberline, In The Works: Exclusive

The upcoming Ford Maverick pickup will offer an off-road oriented trim, Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with product plans.

The name of the rugged trim has yet to be locked in, but it might end up taking on the Timberline moniker like the upcoming Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition. For the sake of clarity, we’ll tentatively refer to this forthcoming model as the Maverick Timberline in this report.

Ford Maverick prototype.

Ford Maverick prototype

What we know as of this writing is that the model will offer upgrades similar to the upcoming Explorer Timberline and Expedition Timberline, which are expected for the 2021 and 2022 model years, respectively.

Ford Explorer Timberline prototype.

Ford Explorer Timberline prototype

Sources indicate that the Maverick Timberline will feature a differently tuned suspension along with wheels that will have an identical spoke pattern and finish as seen on both of the aforementioned models. Wrapping the blacked-out wheels will be a set of Pirelli Scorpion tires on the Maverick.

Ford Explorer Timberline prototype with unique front fascia and Timberline logo.

Ford Explorer Timberline prototype with unique front fascia and Timberline logo

As Ford Authority was the first to report, the upcoming Ford Explorer Timberline prototypes have been spotted with several enhancements over their pavement-focused counterparts, like front and rear fascia modifications designed to improve the front and rear approach angles. Those exterior tweaks also included a Timberline-exclusive badge, in addition to orange accents featured on the front end. It’s currently unclear whether the Maverick Timerbline will feature trim-specific fascias to distinguish itself from the rest of the lineup.

Ford Maverick prototype.

The upcoming Maverick is part of The Blue Oval’s offensive into light duty off-road models. The plan includes vehicles like the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, Explorer Timberline, Expedition Timberline, and future Ford Fusion Active. These vehicles are being envisioned for active lifestyle folks looking to take their vehicles to remote destinations.

The Bronco Sport and Maverick will share the Ford C2 platform, with the Maverick set to go into production alongside the Bronco Sport at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly plant later this year.

Ford Maverick prototype.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the Maverick will boast a twist-beam rear suspension for front-wheel drive models and an independent rear suspension for models paired with all-wheel drive.

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. 2.7EcoBoost

    Oh yeah. Lets get them prices up to the mid $40k’s on this “affordable” truck. GM and Jeep have red tow hooks to signify off road ability. Not to be outdone, Ford is gonna over play orange “off road” hooks. 🤮🤮🤮

    1. John Brackish

      Having a bad day?

      Who said anything about $40k?

  2. Geoff from WA

    This is exactly what I’m looking for – a small affordable pickup with a bit of off road capability. Give me a bronco sport with a bed and I’m there.


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