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OTX Has No Prior History, But It Sounds Rugged

2022 Ford Maverick Small Pickup Truck Spy Photos OTX

Ford Motor Company has gone to apply for the “OTX” trademark with intent for use on “vehicles, namely, automobiles, pick-up trucks, electric vehicles, sport utility vehicles, off-road vehicles, and their structural parts.” The trademark filing took place on May 14, 2021. While it doesn’t sound like a nameplate for a future product, it could be a trim level, possibly on the 2022 Ford Maverick small pickup truck.

Ford Maverick OTX?

While the ‘OTX’ name is a mystery, it’s a possibility that the trim level could be adorned to the Ford Maverick. It’s expected that the upcoming small pickup truck will have some semblance of off-road capabilities, and could be used for the truck in lieu of the new ‘Timberline‘ trim level that recently debuted on the 2021 Ford Explorer. The Timberline sub-brand indicates a touch of ruggedness to Ford’s otherwise more pedestrian vehicles outside of the Ford Bronco, Ranger, and F-150 families. The FX4 trim level could also make its way to the upcoming Ford Maverick, as it’s found on both the F-Series and Ranger line of trucks also.

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline Off road SUV
Image via Ford

Other OTX Possibilities

This is a developing story, and so far details remain scarce on the OTX name at the time of this writing. So if it’s not set to be part of the Ford Maverick family, or even as a concept vehicle, it could perhaps emerge as part of another vehicle family, such as on the Mustang Mach-E, or maybe even on the new Ford F-150 Lightning.

What’s your best guest, fair readers? Do you think Ford Motor Company will introduce the OTX name as yet another off-road trim level? Or will it perhaps represent something completely different? Give us your best guesses in the comments below, while we work to uncover exactly what this new trademark could mean.

Ford Maverick OTX Timberline FX4
Ford Maverick teaser

Written by Manoli Katakis

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  1. Could this also be the trim for commercial oriented vehicles that Ford discussed during the F-150 Lightning debut? We know there is going to be a commercial trim of the Lightning, and there is one rumored for the Maverick.

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