Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant is about to be a busy place. A new report suggests the plant will be producing a new small van, joining the Bronco Sport and upcoming Maverick pickup. The three new vehicles are all built on Ford’s C2 architecture.
According to Automotive News Ford has notified suppliers of a new vehicle at Hermosillo beyond the Bronco Sport and Maverick. The vehicle will reportedly start production in 2023 as a small van. Suppliers have also been told to expect around 40,000 units per year.
The description of this vehicle seems to match that of the next-generation Transit Connect. Ford currently imports the Transit Connect from Spain, but bringing production closer to North America could make sense for the automaker. Given it will share its bones with the Bronco Sport and Maverick, one can likely expect to see powertrains shared across the three models as well.
The current Ford Transit Connect has been on the market since 2012. It’s based on Ford’s C1 architecture, the predecessor to the C2 platform that will allegedly underpin this new van.