For the longest time, the Ranger has served as the smallest pick-up in the Ford lineup, at least on a global scale. That said, the current model isn't what one would call a compact. Among its sizable competitors, it's one of the largest offerings out there. That left Ford with an opening to slot in a compact model below the Ranger.
With that, Ford recently revealed the Maverick to fill in the space left by the upsized Ranger. But just how small is the new compact pick-up? Let's roll out the measuring tape and find out.
The Maverick is just a hair over five meters long at 5,072 mm. As for width, it's at 1,839 mm from fender to fender. And when it comes to height, it measures 1,745 mm tall. If you're curious about the bed's length, it's 1371mm long. So how does it compare to the Ranger?
In dual-cab form (like what we have here), the Ranger is 5,354 mm long, 1,860 mm wide, and 1,821 mm tall. Bed length is 1,549 mm long. That means the Ranger is longer by 282 mm, wider by 21 mm, and taller by 76 mm. There is also a 178 mm difference between the beds. There's no argument here; the Ranger dwarfs the Maverick by a significant margin. If anything, the latter is about the size of a Ranger from the '90s and it goes to show how much pick-ups have grown through the years.
But in order to fully emphasize its compact dimensions, we also lined up the Maverick against the F-150. Ford's full-size truck is 5,890 mm long, 2,029 mm wide, and 1,961 mm tall. That makes it 818 mm longer, 208 mm wider, and 216 mm taller than the Maverick. We won't even bother comparing the Maverick against the F-250 Super Duty because it will make the new truck look downright microscopic.
The Maverick is a compact pick-up by today's standard. However, at about five meters long, it's longer than most passenger cars and mid-size SUVs. It's still a sizable pick-up, but its smaller size compared to the Ranger means it's more maneuverable and easier to move around tight spots. It's also lighter than body-on-frame pick-ups, too, since the Maverick uses a unibody chassis derived from the all-new Escape and Bronco Sport. However, that also means its payload capacity is less than 1,000 kg. It's a light-duty pick-up at best, but it can still carry 680 kg over its back.
Is there a chance that the Maverick will make its way to the Philippines? So far, it seems slim given that it's not available with a turbodiesel engine. However, we are curious if the Maverick was engineered to fit in a diesel under the hood. After all, it's based on the Escape and that's available with a diesel in Europe.
Should Ford stick one in the Maverick, then the odds of it coming here might go up. For now, we'll have to wait and see what Ford has in store for its new compact pick-up and if they have plans for it in international markets.