GM Authority has exclusively learned that General Motors is currently benchmarking the Ford Maverick pickup truck. At present, GM does not offer any model that directly competes with the Ford Maverick in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Benchmarking is a common practice among major makes in the automotive industry, with manufacturers testing models from rivals to gauge things like performance, ride quality, driving experience, and similar attributes.
The new Ford Maverick debuted in June 2021 as a 2022 model, and is offered as a compact, crew cab pickup with four doors and seating for five passengers.
The Ford Maverick is equipped as standard with a hybrid powerplant that mates a 2.5L I4 Duratec gasoline engine with an electric motor to produce a combined 191 horsepower, with the ICE contributing 155 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, and the hybrid system contributing 173 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system includes a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery, as well. A turbocharged 2.0L I4 EcoBoost gasoline engine is optional, doling out 250 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 277 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive is equipped as standard across the range, while models equipped with the EcoBoost engine offer all-wheel drive. The Ford Maverick rides on the same front-wheel-drive-based unibody platform as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport. Production takes place at Ford’s Hermosillo plant in Mexico, where it’s built alongside the Bronco Sport. The Maverick is sold in both North America and South America.
For the moment, there are no known plans at GM to directly compete with the Ford Maverick. The closest thing The General has on offer is the new Chevy Montana, which is not intended for sale in the U.S. or Canada. That said, the new Montana will be available in Mexico, as well as the South American market, per previous GM Authority coverage. The all-new 2024 Chevy Montana made its world debut in Brazil early last month.