At this point, the arrival of the Ford Maverick is as sure as the sunset. Based on previous leaks, prototype sightings, and substantiated reports, we pretty much know enough for us to paint a picture of the compact truck that will slot below the Ranger.
Ford Authority adds another bit of info to what we currently know about the Maverick pickup. According to the website's sources who are familiar with the product plans, the Maverick is getting a more rugged, light off-road-ready version that will bear the Timberline trim.
This, however, isn't the first time that we've heard about Ford's attempt to resurrect the badge. Over two years ago, trademark filings for both the Maverick and Timberline names surfaced, which ignited the rumors about the nameplate's return. Both the Explorer and Expedition SUVs were also caught testing more rugged versions of themselves, also reportedly bound to carry the Timberline badge.
Gallery: Ford Maverick Spy Photos
If the rumor about an incoming Maverick Timberline holds true, buyers can expect a differently-tuned suspension, as well as a distinct rim design and a bevy of exterior upgrades that are set to complement an active lifestyle.
As for the Maverick nameplate itself, it will be built upon Ford's C2 platform, which it shares with the Bronco Sport and Escape. Rumor has it that it will be built in Mexico to ensure that the Blue Oval can avoid the dreaded "chicken tax" for light trucks. The exact plant hasn't been confirmed yet, albeit it isn't a long shot to think that it will be built alongside the Bronco Sport in Hermosillo.
Though not confirmed by the company yet, the Maverick is expected to arrive by spring for the 2022 model year, hopefully with the Timberline trim in tow. Customer deliveries will more likely start towards the end of the year. See the Maverick and the rest of the upcoming new cars in our list of future cars for 2021-2025.