After the release of the all-electric F-150 Lightning, Ford has another new pickup on the way. It is a compact truck named the Maverick, and while we have been quite a few spy photos, we didn’t have many specifics regarding its release date. Now, a new report predicts a possible early June reveal.
The news comes from Ford Authority, whose independent sources with insight into Ford’s product planning timeline claim that the Maverick could make its debut in the first half of June and will likely enter production at the end of July.
The Maverick will ride on the same C2 platform as the Escape and Bronco Sport and will be built in Ford’s Hermosillo factory alongside the latter. Engine options at launch will include two turbocharged units, a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 181 hp (183 PS / 135 kW) and 190 lb-ft (258 Nm) of torque and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 hp (248 PS / 183 kW) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque, although there have also been talks of a hybrid variant down the line.
Front wheel drive will come standard, with all wheel drive as an option, and all versions will be fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission. To keep costs down, the rear suspension will feature a coil-sprung twist-beam layout, a setup that will be unique to the Maverick.
For better or for worse, this truck will be entering a relatively unpopulated market upon its release. Its only rivals will essentially be the Hyundai Santa Cruz and the Fiat Toro/Ram 1000, and the latter is not even sold in the USA. Nevertheless, the Maverick should make for a tempting proposition for those who need a pickup with more compact dimensions than the likes of the F-150.
Pricing is expected to start in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, but nothing has been confirmed yet, so we’ll have to wait until its official debut to find out.