It appears that production of the small-size Ford pickup truck has already started. The company’s February 2021 sales report shares the company’s production figures broken down by plant, make and model, revealing that production of “C-Pick Up” has started at the company’s Hermosillo plant in Mexico . This probably represents the first part of production of the new Maverick, which will be located under the Ranger in Ford’s lineup.
Ford has only built 21 examples of its C pickup, likely representing a list of pre-production models meant to be tested against the company’s grueling standards. Photos emerged in early January showing what appears to be a Maverick pickup sitting alone on the assembly line at the Hermosillo factory. It lacked doors, although it wore camouflage along the fenders, hood and bumper. Reports have indicated that the Maverick will share its foundation with the new Bronco Sport, which is also being built at the Mexican plant.
CNBC initially reported the nugget of interesting information, even asking Ford for comment, although the automaker declined to add anything beyond what’s in the sales report. This is no surprise given how discreet automakers are about future products. We expect it to share its powertrain with those of the Escape and Bronco Sport, meaning that a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder will serve as the base offering while a larger turbocharged four-cylinder from 2.0 liters will be an available option.
Chances are the Maverick will come up with a price tag under $ 20,000, which will help separate it from the Ranger that starts at close to $ 25,000. New Ford CEO Jim Farley has insisted on offering more affordable options to consumers, even if that doesn’t necessarily mean lower prices for strikers. We won’t know more until Ford reveals the Maverick, although judging from the latest production report, we won’t have long to wait. We expect the Maverick to go on sale before the end of the year as a 2022 model.