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    Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Ford Maverick Compact Pickup About to Enter Danger Zone—Its Tailgate Has Leaked
    Leaked photo of a real tailgate with the name "Maverick" on it buzzes our tower.
    Alex Nishimoto
    Jul 20, 2020
    motortrend.com

    Back in May, a legit-looking rendering of an apparently small pickup truck tailgate with the name "Maverick" stamped on it began circulating around the web. Even though the CAD (computer-aided design) rendering looked real enough, we weren't ready to go all-in on the theory that Ford's upcoming compact truck would be called Ford Maverick (other names, such as Courier, seemed just as likely). Now, we're a bit more convinced, as that exact CAD design appears to have made it to the pre-production prototype stage.

    In a photo leaked to Motor1 by an anonymous source, you can clearly see that same tailgate design we saw a couple of month back, only now it's stamped into an honest-to-goodness metal tailgate skin. The font matches what we've seen on other Ford trucks, such as the Ranger and recently revealed Ford Bronco SUV, and the overall tailgate's size relative to the indentation for the Blue Oval emblem suggests this piece is pretty small.

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    I certainly hope this is legit.

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    It will be interesting to see if the small, FWD, unibody truck segment is the next segment to take off (Hyundai has a similar vehicle in development). I remember thinking how odd it was that Buick was releasing such a small crossover (the Encore) in 2012, and look at the segment now. I can see the small, FWD, unibody truck segment growing just as quickly.

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by DequindreToo View Post
    It will be interesting to see if the small, FWD, unibody truck segment is the next segment to take off (Hyundai has a similar vehicle in development). I remember thinking how odd it was that Buick was releasing such a small crossover (the Encore) in 2012, and look at the segment now. I can see the small, FWD, unibody truck segment growing just as quickly.
    Yeah, very much akin to the old Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp only better.

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by DequindreToo View Post
    It will be interesting to see if the small, FWD, unibody truck segment is the next segment to take off (Hyundai has a similar vehicle in development). I remember thinking how odd it was that Buick was releasing such a small crossover (the Encore) in 2012, and look at the segment now. I can see the small, FWD, unibody truck segment growing just as quickly.
    Agree...just offer an AWD version too (not 4x4)...2000-3000lb towing would be fine.
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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    Yeah, very much akin to the old Dodge Rampage and Plymouth Scamp only better.
    And to a latter extent, the Subaru Brat, the 1980s one.
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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    You can get 3500 lb towing with an Escape class vehicle. I bet slightly more is possible

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    Quote Originally Posted by DreadNaughty View Post
    You can get 3500 lb towing with an Escape class vehicle. I bet slightly more is possible
    1000 LBS payload + 3500 towing would be plenty for a LOT of people EX "urban" ones this is "aimed" at

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    Quote Originally Posted by DreadNaughty View Post
    You can get 3500 lb towing with an Escape class vehicle. I bet slightly more is possible
    Interestingly, the max towing for the new Bronco Sport is only 2200lb. Not sure why it is so much lower than the 2.0T Escape.

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    Anyone wonder if Ford operatives are behind the “leak” of the tailgate photograph? Vehicle manufacturers are experts at generating interest and media coverage (such as Ford products on a GM site).

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Off-Road suspension systems usually have worse tow ratings.

    A few things I've already talked about in the Ford section.

    2.5L Hybrid is the standard engine (FWD Only)
    2.0L EcoBoost with FWD or AWD is optional

    Trim packages include XL, XLT, and Lariat and the color selection is identical to the Bronco Sport (which shares a factory).

    The XL/XLT/Lariat branding is consistent with other Ford trucks which almost certainly means this won't be Bronco-branded.

    Those who have seen the Maverick design describe it as resembling the original Ranger with a prominent character-line down the side.

    No fancy truck-bed tricks like Ridgeline's bed trunk, but it does have a powered rear window which is not available in the current Ranger.
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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by 1999 White C5 Coupe View Post
    Anyone wonder if Ford operatives are behind the “leak” of the tailgate photograph? Vehicle manufacturers are experts at generating interest and media coverage (such as Ford products on a GM site).
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    To have decent sales depth in today's market, this compact pickup needs to have a dual cab version
    and at least 120" wheelbase like the dual cab Transit Connect. I don't see any place for a single cab
    compact pickup unless Ford wants to go back to the pre-2011 days when single cab Ranger was
    bought as cheap transport.

    Being based on Transit Connect engineering modules, the width of the Maverick pickup should be
    around 72" which means it's shoulder and hip Room could be close to today's Ranger. That makes
    me thinks that the next gen Ranger will grow a touch to improve hip and shoulder room and put it
    right on the Tacoma's tail.
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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    To have decent sales depth in today's market, this compact pickup needs to have a dual cab version
    and at least 120" wheelbase like the dual cab Transit Connect. I don't see any place for a single cab
    compact pickup unless Ford wants to go back to the pre-2011 days when single cab Ranger was
    bought as cheap transport.

    Being based on Transit Connect engineering modules, the width of the Maverick pickup should be
    around 72" which means it's shoulder and hip Room could be close to today's Ranger. That makes
    me thinks that the next gen Ranger will grow a touch to improve hip and shoulder room and put it
    right on the Tacoma's tail.
    Somehow I can see them doing that. Little four door pickups with smallish rear seats and a bed about four to five feet in length.

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    Re: Ford Maverick compact pickup tailgate leaked

    Ford calls it "Super Crew", but that's basically what the Maverick is. A 4-Door truck. No other configs.

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