At the end of last month, the Ford Motor Company shared some interesting news about production taking place at their Hermosillo plant in Mexico with investors and the media. The automaker confirmed that they had built 21 examples of what they are calling the “C-Pick Up” in February, which you likely know as the Ford Maverick pickup truck. And while Ford has been rather tight-lipped about this upcoming compact truck, a new report from Automotive News sheds more light on when we can expect the truck to arrive.
According to the report from Automotive News, production of the Ford Maverick pickup truck is slated to begin in July 2021. This timeline comes by way of suppliers for the truck, who told the publication that this is what Ford is planning as of now. This summertime Ford Maverick production debut keeps in line with previous reports that suggested that the Blue Oval wants to push the truck out during the second half of 2021.
The Ford Maverick pickup is slated to be built on the same C2 platform as the Escape and Bronco Sport models. As a result, it is expected that the new compact pickup truck will utilize a similar powertrain lineup as those two offerings, while also borrowing a bit from the Transit Connect. A unibody platform isn’t the only thing that makes this new offering unique however, as it has also been reported that the Maverick will arrive with FWD as standard. That is something that is unheard of in the American truck market. But there is no need to fret, as we’re sure the truck will get an AWD system not too dissimilar from the one that underpins the Bronco Sport. The Ford Maverick is also expected to arrive with a manual transmission, which we can get behind.
The most intriguing thing about this new truck however is it’s rumored base price. According to dealers who have already seen the truck, Ford intends to price the new compact pickup at under $20,000. This will let the Maverick serve as the new entry level vehicle for the brand, without intruding on the price of the upcoming next-gen Ford Ranger. When you consider how much of the company’s business surrounds its various truck models, it does make sense for their entry level vehicle to belong to this family. That is especially true now that the brand doesn’t intend to sell any passenger cars outside of the Mustang lineup.