It was almost nothing, but smiled at Ford this week as the Bronco finally returns. Heck, it almost makes us forget that the past few months have been tough for the auto industry. Although the product timeline may have changed around the world, we still get a healthy amount of information from various manufacturers and websites and from ingenious individuals. The next big thing from Ford seems to be a clue to another new revelation of vehicles for 2021. Spotted during a fireside conversation between the automaker and Bank of America, Slide 11 of the presentation highlights the vehicles to be assembled in the factories of Michigan and Hermesillo, and a covered vehicle called “Whitespace”.
Muscle Cars & Trucks wasted no time in picking up on this story, and they’re pretty confident it’s definitely the Ford Maverick. Ford was delighted to revive the nameplates, and this time the Maverick will likely return like a small van, positioning itself under the Ranger. Muscle Cars & Trucks also points out that the pickup segment has grown in both size and price over the years, indicating the lack of small pickups like the first Ford Rangers and Dodge Dakota. The supposed “white space” aims to fill this empty segment, and if it is the Maverick pickup, Ford will be the first to occupy this position.
Rumors have also said that the Ford Maverick pickup will be based on the same platform as the Ford Bronco Sport. While monocoque architecture isn’t exactly what we all expect from a truck-based product, it could find a nice place in the lineup, serving those who want decent looks and utility, without sacrificing too much handling and comfort. Of course, we will have to wait and see. Ford could very well have another success at hand.