Ford’s new sub-Ranger compact truck, the Maverick (at least we all think that’s what it̵
Maverick Truck Club (more photos of the truck here), an online forum for pickup fans, discovered the Maverick test along with a Ford Ranger. As you can see, the Maverick will be significantly smaller than a Ranger.
The ranger in the picture appears to be a state-of-the-art Lariat SuperCrew trim with the FX4 off-road package. That would put the dimensions of the Ranger at 210.8 inches long. From that, we can measure that the Ranger appears to be six to eight inches taller than the Maverick. This of course depends on things like wheel size, optional suspensions, etc. Even then, the Maverick still looks quite compact.
These pictures put into perspective how small this new pickup will be. You might have expected a truck as small as the Rangers from the 1980s and early 90s, when the Ranger, even in SuperCab configuration, ranged in size from 14 to 16 feet long. But remember that when the Ranger left us in 2011, it was 16 feet long, and went into the current Rangers size of 17 feet in total for the Lariat SuperCrew. So the new Maverick could be one step closer to what is truly a useful compact as a pickup.
The market has lacked compact trucks. When you think about it, there are no really compact pickups in the US market anymore. Maverick will be a return to the compact pickup market since models such as the Ranger, Tacoma and Frontier have grown as large as full-size trucks 20 to 25 years ago.
When it was first seen, it was rumored that Maverick would drive on a version of the platform that was shared with the Ford Focus. We now know that the truck will share engines and substructure with the unibody Escape and Bronco Sport models. So expect the same 1.5-liter built-in three-cylinder and 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost engines. A front-wheel drive model is also possible. Maverick is expected to debut later this year for the 2022 model year.