A leaked photo allegedly from within Ford Motor Co.'s Hermosillo Assembly Plant offers the best look yet at the compact pickup due this year as an entry-level replacement for discontinued sedans.
The image, posted on the Maverick Truck Club forum, shows the small truck on an assembly line, with the grille fully exposed. The grille design is consistent with previous spy shots of the vehicle with heavy camouflage.
The vehicle appears to have a flat hood and squarelike front-end design, similar to the Bronco Sport crossover that it will be built alongside at the Mexico plant. The pickup, code-named P758, is likely to be called Maverick. Suppliers have been told to expect an annual volume of more than 100,000.
The truck has been engineered on the same front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive C2 platform that also underpins the Lincoln Corsair and Ford Escape.
A Ford spokesman declined to comment on future product plans.
Ford has said it plans to launch an affordable "white space" product by 2022 but has not indicated what type of vehicle it will be.
Dealers as recently as last February saw the pickup and were generally pleased with it.
Dealers who have seen it have told Automotive News that Ford officials indicated the pickup will be priced just under $20,000, easily slotting it below the Ranger midsize pickup.