It looks even better than the Ranger.
The much-anticipated next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor will debut next month - but this isn't the only new Ford pickup truck coming this year. We've known for a long time that Ford is adding a new compact pickup called the Maverick that will slot below the mid-size Ranger.
Earlier this month, leaked images from Ford's Mexico plant gave us our best look yet at Ford's new compact pickup. The revealing photos have since been taken down, but it was too late. Unfortunately for Ford, Carsbite was able to save the images and use them to create a render accurately visualizing the production Maverick.
While the hood, fenders, and bumpers were covered up and the doors weren't fitted to the truck shown in the leaked photos, the grille and headlights were fully exposed and are depicted in the digital render.
While the Ford Ranger rides on a body-on-frame chassis, the Maverick is expected to utilize the same unibody platform that underpins the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape. Despite this, the Maverick's face looks different than the Bronco Sport's, adopting C-shaped headlights akin to the F-150 and a prominent grille featuring a horizontal bar and the Blue Oval logo. Wide fenders also give the Maverick a more muscular look than the Ranger. The truck is rendered in a crew cab configuration, which will reportedly be the only option available.
Under the hood, the Ford Maverick is expected to be offered with the same 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines as the Bronco Sport. In the Bronco Sport, these units produce 181 hp and 245 hp and are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Power will be sent to the front wheels, but an optional AWD system will also reportedly be available. Following the leak from Ford's Mexico plant, there's a good chance the Maverick will debut early this year and go on sale by the end of the year. When it does, expect it to cost around $20,000, making it Ford's most affordable pickup truck yet.