There has been a lot of allocution about Ford’s accessible ‘baby’ auto that will serve as an entry-level best slotting below the Ranger and F-150.
The looks of Ford’s bunched pickup, accounted to admission below the Maverick nameplate, accept been a complete abstruseness so far but that changes (slightly) today as our photographers spotted several prototypes ability testing in the United States.
Mind you, the prototypes are absolutely bearded and affection both tight-fit antithesis and apart atramentous cover, forth with affluence of padding. Still, these shots are actual advisory because they acquiesce us to analyze the Maverick’s admeasurement with that of a Ford Ranger that accompanied the convoy.
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It’s appealing accessible that the Maverick is abate than the Ranger, but it’s not as baby as some anticipation it would be. While acutely lower, it appears to be about as continued as its midsize sibling, and alone hardly narrower.
Unlike the body-on-frame Ranger, the Maverick utilizes a unibody belvedere acclimatized from Ford’s C2 bunched architectonics that underpins the fourth-generation Focus and the latest Escape / Kuga SUV.
While it’s too aboriginal to allocution specifics, the C2 belvedere suggests the Maverick will affection transversely-mounted powertrains. Expect the calendar to affection only four-cylinder engines, in naturally-aspirated and turbocharged forms, depending on the market. Front-wheel drive will be accepted while all-wheel drive should be an option.
The berth charcoal a abstruseness for now but our photographers did administer to get a attending below one Maverick prototype. The close-up shots of the rear abeyance acknowledge the truck-like shock absorbers and braid springs, as able-bodied as added structural elements.
We additionally get to see the additional annoy tucked up below the barter bed and the low-slung acquisition of the bankrupt system. If definitive, the closing looks like it will actively absolute off-road incursions. Ford is accepted to barrage the Maverick in backward 2021 as a 2022 model, with a sub-$20,000 starting MSRP in the USA.