Since its debut with the launch of the fourth-generation 2019 Ford Focus, the Ford C2 platform has underpinned a variety of Blue Oval models, including the Ford Escape, Ford Kuga, Lincoln Corsair, Ford Bronco Sport, and Ford Maverick. And as it turns out, the automaker’s use of the C2 platform in at least two of those vehicles enabled it to cut two years from the 2022 Ford Maverick development process as well.
“It’s all because we were able to take all the learnings from Bronco Sport and Escape, and apply them directly to Maverick,” Ford Maverick Marketing Manager, Trevor Scott, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview.
The C2 platform – which succeeded the Ford C1 platform – is a scalable vehicle architecture designed to underpin a wide variety of front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles. Currently used for compact vehicle applications, it’s expected that Ford will expand the platform to mid-size vehicles in the future as well.
Ford designed the C2 platform specifically to drive scale economies by sharing a number of parts between vehicles, including suspension components, powertrains, infotainment systems, and more. The fact that the C2 platform now underpins everything from compact crossovers and cars to a rugged crossover and now a pickup serves as proof of its versatility.
As Ford Authority reported early this year, the 2021 Bronco Sport was designed using unconventional methods, and its more conventional, boxy shape was largely inspired by Ford CEO Jim Farley’s desire to create something more “robust.” The 2022 Ford Maverick development process, on the other hand, was a top-secret affair centered around a series of lofty goals – such as achieving a sub-$20k starting MSRP and 40 miles-per-gallon city fuel economy figure – that challenged engineers, as Ford Authority reported back in June.