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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.'s upcoming compact pickup, expected to be called the Maverick, has been caught testing near the company's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters.

The automaker has not formally revealed the small truck, but it is expected to go into production in July, suppliers have been told. A prototype was spotted in January on the assembly line at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico, plant, and the company last month reported building 21 models there of a "C pickup" on a production chart sent to investors and the media.

The vehicle is expected to slot below the Ranger midsize pickup and start under $20,000, dealers have been told. It would serve as an entry-level replacement for the company's discontinued sedans.
 

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there’s hearsay about a six-speed manual instead of an eight-speed automatic as the base transmission



Im incredibly torn about if they'll offer a manual. On one side you're out of your mind if you think they can offer this thing at $20k in almost any formation with an auto transmission. Autos are expensive as heck compared to a manual. Then on the other hand I think a manual, front drive base model would be able to hit $20k but its an unbelievable minuscule chance they'll ever put a manual into it.

If by some miracle it does have a manual that'll make the choice for me. Id prefer a base model with no gizmos all day long but ill take whatever trim they put the manual on.
 

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Would the manual be offered with AWD, or would it just be the 2WD? If it's with the AWD, I'm sold. I will buy the truck.
Im thinking if they offered it at all it will be a front drive 1.5 turbo 3 cylinder model only. It will exist ONLY to flaunt the under $20k base price. I dont think it would be too hard to do to implement into the truck. The transmission already exists in the new Fiesta right? (In the rest of the world that is. Ford hates the US car market and canned the new Fiesta here).
 

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They also seem to think it will get the same twin-clutch RWD unit as the BS Badlands... Tremor off-road trim, anyone?
 
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The Autoevolution article also claims that the payload will be below the Transit Connect's and the towing will be below the Escape's. I hope that's not true.
 
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The transmission already exists in the new Fiesta right? (In the rest of the world that is. Ford hates the US car market and canned the new Fiesta here).
My 2012 Focus is a stick too, which always surprises people. I suppose that makes it a rare bird in the US at this point, and I wonder if it'll demand more on the used market with the manual.
 
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UGH!

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Clearly more attractive than a Transit Connect and Escape, the all-new Maverick will disappoint pickup truck enthusiasts with poor towing and payload capacities. How poor, you ask? Let’s say that you shouldn’t expect the Maverick to match the 1,550-pound (703-kilogram) payload of the Transit Connect or the 3,500-pound (1,588-kilogram) maximum towing capacity of the compact-sized Escape with the Class II towing package.

To be offered exclusively with a four-door cabin, the Maverick serves as the indirect successor to the Courier. Initially based on the Mazda B-Series pickup and later on the Fiesta subcompact hatchback, the Courier had a payload capacity of 1,543 lbs (700 kilograms) when it was phased out in 2013.
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"Clearly more attractive than a Transit Connect and Escape, the all-new Maverick will disappoint pickup truck enthusiasts with poor towing and payload capacities. How poor, you ask? Let’s say that you shouldn’t expect the Maverick to match the 1,550-pound (703-kilogram) payload of the Transit Connect or the 3,500-pound (1,588-kilogram) maximum towing capacity of the compact-sized Escape with the Class II towing package."

Eyeroll <wanking motion>
 
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Any idea what Ford is waiting for to announce?

Everything seems to be a full go. You’d think if they were starting production in July they’d want some hype around this by now.
 
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The Autoevolution article also claims that the payload will be below the Transit Connect's and the towing will be below the Escape's. I hope that's not true.
UGH!

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Clearly more attractive than a Transit Connect and Escape, the all-new Maverick will disappoint pickup truck enthusiasts with poor towing and payload capacities. How poor, you ask? Let’s say that you shouldn’t expect the Maverick to match the 1,550-pound (703-kilogram) payload of the Transit Connect or the 3,500-pound (1,588-kilogram) maximum towing capacity of the compact-sized Escape with the Class II towing package.

To be offered exclusively with a four-door cabin, the Maverick serves as the indirect successor to the Courier. Initially based on the Mazda B-Series pickup and later on the Fiesta subcompact hatchback, the Courier had a payload capacity of 1,543 lbs (700 kilograms) when it was phased out in 2013.
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"Clearly more attractive than a Transit Connect and Escape, the all-new Maverick will disappoint pickup truck enthusiasts with poor towing and payload capacities. How poor, you ask? Let’s say that you shouldn’t expect the Maverick to match the 1,550-pound (703-kilogram) payload of the Transit Connect or the 3,500-pound (1,588-kilogram) maximum towing capacity of the compact-sized Escape with the Class II towing package."

Eyeroll <wanking motion>
Yeah, not sure what they're basis is for this. That's a pretty hefty claim to make for something we know nothing about.
 

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My 2012 Focus is a stick too, which always surprises people. I suppose that makes it a rare bird in the US at this point, and I wonder if it'll demand more on the used market with the manual.
Actually now that I think about it yea, they do also make the 2.0 ecoboost in a vehicle with a manual dont they? The Focus ST? I dont think anything in the US uses the 1.5 Dragon with a manual but I know its the new Fiesta ST powerplant so the tooling does already exist for that manual too. Id be so damn excited if they made a 2.0 version of the Maverick with a manual. Neat little street truck with a ton of modability.

For everyone talking about the light dutyness of this truck I mean yea, thats what this is. It was never going to be a legitimate competitor to other trucks on the market and its insane to believe it would. Its a light duty, lifestyle vehicle built on a modified car chassis. It wasnt ever going to have 1000+ pound payload (hell a 4 cylinder Frontier is only good for around 900 pound payload). The tow rating comment does seem odd though. Im expecting tow capacities near the Bronco Sport/Escape. Around the 2k-3.5k range depending on engine choice.
 
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