The 2021 Ford Maverick pick-up has been caught on camera on a production line in Mexico, an image of which was posted on the online forum Maverick Truck Club.
While it appears to have the bold front end appearance similar to early spy photos of the 2021 Ford Ranger, this ute is car-derived and based on Ford’s new compact SUV platform.
So the Ford Maverick won’t be able to carry a tonne or tow 3500kg but it will meet the needs of buyers who want the practicality of a double-cab ute – and who don’t need to haul heavy loads.
Above: a spy photo of a body-in-white published on Motor1.com.
The Ford Maverick is believed to have turbo four-cylinder petrol power driving the front wheels or all four wheels depending on the model grade.
For now, it is believed the Ford Maverick has been primarily designed for the US, Canada, and Mexico and is left-hand-drive only.
The grille appears to mirror the design theme for the upcoming Ford Ranger, with the headlights spit by a large horizontal bar that stretches across the grille, although it is more subtle in this application.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting to see more clues that the new-generation Ford Ranger is not far away.
As reported earlier, the 2021 Ford Ranger is expected to be unveiled by the middle of this year and go into production by the end of 2021, although Ford Australia is yet to confirm any of those details.
The new-generation Ford Ranger is expected to be available with a choice of a single turbo 2.0-litre diesel, a twin turbo 2.0-litre diesel, and a turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel. However, this is speculation for now and these details are also yet to be revealed.
Meantime, let us know in the comments below if you think the Ford Maverick would sell well in Australia. Not the rebadged Nissan Patrol, the one in these photos.