The Ranger's little brother is already a reality and promises to revolutionize the market for its low price.
The Covid-19 crisis has hit the vast majority of car manufacturers hard so that one of the best ways to make up for lost ground and losses in recent months is to stimulate the market with the introduction of new products. Ford is in that line and is not only going to settle for the launch of the Bronco, as it has just presented a new pick-up that will be located below the Ranger and whose name is familiar: Maverick.
Last year our spies provided us with images featuring a mysterious prototype that had been hunted while circulating around the oval firm's facilities in Dearborn, United States. There, a vehicle that seemed to be a three-row SUV was tuned, but that has finally become a truck that aims to revolutionize the market since it aspires to be the cheapest in its category with a hybrid powertrain!
Based on the Bronco Sport
The Ford Maverick measures 5.07 meters long by 1.84 wide and 1.74 high, with a 3.07 m wheelbase, making it the most popular member of the brand's pick-up family. small. Under its body is the same architecture used by the Bronco Sport, that is to say, a C2 platform on which it places a rear box full of intelligent functional solutions that Ford calls the Flexbed. This is a cargo area with slots to use wood that divides the deck, 12 available anchor points, two pre-wired 12-volt 20-amp supplies, a 110-volt power outlet, and a multi-position tailgate.
Available in XL, XLT, and Lariat finishes, the new American pick-up features square shapes designed to maximize space. Its front is led by large headlights with LED technology, connected to each other by a horizontal element that crosses the imposing front grille, while at the bottom there is a bumper with a fairly generous central air intake. On the side it is quite simple and at the rear the generous tailgate with the model letters stands out, flanked by the taillights and a black painted bumper.
Already in the cabin, we discovered an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford's SYNC3 system will be an option on Lariat trims, while FordPass Connect will be standard, with a modem and WiFi for up to 10 devices. Thanks to it, customers can easily find their vehicle, check the fuel level, lock and unlock the doors and turn the engine on or off from their smartphones. The interior houses a variety of very interesting storage spaces, including cup holders and a kind of pocket in the doors, and even a huge recess under the rear bench for larger items.
In addition, true to the DIY nature of the new Maverick, Ford has incorporated a new restraint system for the rear passengers which it calls FITS (Ford Integrated Tether System). It's basically a slot in the back of the center console designed to accommodate different accessories. The oval firm will even publish the geometry of the groove to allow customers to 3D print their own solutions.
Two mechanical options
In the mechanical section, there are two engines available: one gasoline and the other hybrid. The first is the most performing as it is based on a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 250 horsepower and 375 Nm of maximum torque, associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This variant can be associated with all-wheel drive and, when equipped with the optional 4K trailer package, is capable of towing up to 1,814 kilos. The second is the most efficient as it combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder block - it runs on the Atkinson cycle - with an electric motor, jointly developing 191 horsepower.
The transmission this time is still automatic, but it is of the CVT type. Ford says the Maverick Hybrid can cover up to 805 kilometers on a single tank of fuel and offers a 680-kilo payload as well as a 1,000-pound towing capacity. The more daring can give the pick-up improved off-road characteristics thanks to the optional FX-4 package, which adds strong off-road tires, optimized suspension, additional protection for the underbody, and two specific driving modes, as well as the hill descent assistant.
Ready by the end of 2021
Like the aforementioned Ford Bronco Sport, the Maverick will be manufactured in the same plant that the company has in Mexico. It will go on sale in the fall and its sale price to the public will cause many to be surprised because the oval brand has announced that this pick-up will start from $ 19,995, that is, about 16,500 euros at the exchange rate.