One key shock? That the Ford Maverick appears to be like … good. Not that we figured Ford would churn out one thing ugly, thoughts you, however given the truck’s carlike unibody development and the low bar set by the one different equally constructed truck offered in America, the heretofore lame-looking but now truckier Honda Ridgeline, we supposed the Ford may resemble a miniature Chevy El Camino or one thing. A Ford Focus with a pickup mattress. Plot twist—it appears to be like like an precise truck!
From solely this entrance angle, the Maverick hides its car-based roots properly. The mattress is integral with the cab—a key giveaway that this little rig would not have a separate physique and body—however in any other case the squared-off physique is upright, and sits quite excessive off the bottom. We just like the form of chubby-baby Ford pickup face, with its huge, wide-eyed headlights and easy grille; ditto the burned fender flares. There are some new Bronco and Bronco Sport SUV bits within the look, together with commonplace Ford truck styling cues in all places else. And somebody at Ford deserves a design medal for maintaining the Ford badge up entrance usually sized, a refined manipulation of scale that pretty properly hides how compact the Maverick is. An even bigger badge, like these on Ford’s full-size F-150, would have cartoonishly given away the Maverick’s measurement and appeared foolish.
Beneath its lovely physique, the Maverick is anticipated to make use of Ford’s compact-car platform, the identical one which sits beneath the Focus now not offered within the U.S. Count on four-cylinder energy, a minimum of optionally; Ford may resolve to put in the identical turbocharged three-cylinder used in the compact Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs in an entry-level Maverick. Entrance- and all-wheel drive are additionally on the desk. We’ll know extra nearer to the Maverick’s anticipated reveal later this yr. The camouflaged, doorless truck pictured right here seems to be an early preproduction construct, one seemingly destined for improvement and testing responsibility.