Ford Ranger's small sibling could be named Maverick
"As per leaked reports, Ford has a small pickup truck in the works, and it looks like Maverick might be the name."
The Fast Lane Truck published a CAD image of a tailgate that clearly includes the name "Maverick" on the back, and it's obviously a more representative drawing would include a Ford badge below the tailgate handle. What else would go in the decidedly Ford-badge-shaped area? It's worth noting Ford's already applied to trademark the Maverick name in the past, and it was originally thought the name would grace what we now know as the Bronco Sport.
Adding credibility to the choice of the Maverick name is the appearance of the name in an internal Ford parts catalogue, and the commercial vehicle blog also leaked what it claims is a CAD drawing of the rear tailgate for the Focus-based ute.
The tailgate image made its way to a General Motors fan forum where a user published a thread potentially detailing information on the Maverick small pickup as well. Granted, these are rumours, but the Maverick is supposedly tied to a small crossover.
Both the crossover and truck will ride on Ford's C2 platform, which underpins plenty of smaller Ford crossovers, the Transit Connect and even the latest Focus. Earlier information also pegged a new pickup to ride on the Focus' platform, so we're potentially starting to see the breadcrumbs lead somewhere. What we shouldn't expect is a super-tough, off-road-ready pickup since this will likely not be a body-on-frame kind of deal.
If the info turns out true, the Maverick will sport a few small-displacement engines ranging from a 1.5 L inline-three engine to a 2.5 L inline-four with hybrid gear. The crossover and pickup projects should help give Ford a couple of different vehicles to target buyers will be cheaper than Ford Ranger.
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