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.
Jul 20, 2020
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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