It looks like Ford will be releasing a smaller pick-up truck that will slot below the Ranger. It's called the Maverick, and it seems that Ford is already building it at its Mexico factory.
Based on the leaked image provided, the Maverick will be a compact pick-up truck that will reportedly sit on the Bronco Sport's platform. That could mean that the Maverick will be a 'unibody' pick-up truck similar to that of Honda's Ridgeline.
But unlike the Ridgeline's crossover-like appearance, Ford was able to give the Maverick a proper truck-like design. With its massive front grille, bold C-shaped taillights, and muscular fenders, the Maverick looks just like a rugged body-on-frame pick-up.
The exact dimensions of the Maverick are not out yet. But since this will be a compact-sized truck, we can expect it to measure less than its bigger brother, the Ranger. As far as engines are concerned, it will supposedly be similar to the Bronco Sport range. That means a choice between a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
Since it will share components with the Bronco Sport, the Maverick may also come with all-wheel-drive, a Terrain Management System, and maybe even different driving modes like Slippery and Sand, Mud, Ruts, and Rock Crawl. A fully-independent suspension system might also be standard equipment on the Ford Maverick.
Could the Maverick make its way to other markets like Southeast Asia? There's no official word yet from Ford regarding which countries will receive the Maverick, let alone the truck's existence. But with pick-ups continuing to rake in sales, Ford could expand the Maverick's horizons, especially for those who find the Ranger a tad too big these days.