Ford Maverick Envisioned As Junior Raptor Pickup

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The Maverick looks great as a sporty Raptor.

It's been almost a year since we discovered that Ford's new compact pickup truck would be called the Maverick. Intended to be positioned below the Ranger, such a product makes a lot of sense, offering some rugged versatility at a lower price for a diehard truck-loving country. We already have a pretty good idea of what the standard Maverick will look like, but what about a high-performance Maverick Raptor? Well, we handed the brief over to our render artist and, using images of the standard Maverick as a base, something altogether more aggressive is the end result.

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Painted in a vibrant blue, the render uses similar C-shaped LED headlights joined by a central bar. But unlike the new F-150 Raptor, this one's face has bold MAVERICK lettering instead of FORD. A bolder grille with a thick grey border has been used, while lower down, there is a prominent skid plate. There is also a more aggressive hood, but what really gives the Maverick Raptor its bold stance are those fender flares and the chunkier off-road rubber. Bigger tires have helped endow all prior Raptors with their superb off-road capabilities, and Ford recently raised the bar with optional 37-inch tires on the new F-150 Raptor.

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The Maverick Raptor is unlikely to be as hardcore of an off-roader since it's expected to use a unibody platform, but if it bears the Raptor name, it'd still have to be pretty good. Our render has other enhancements like unique wing mirrors, spotlights on the roof, silver running boards, and the Raptor name moved to the front doors. Overall, we think it'd make a perfect addition to the Raptor family. The standard Maverick is expected to make use of Ford's smaller EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, but perhaps the Bronco's available V6 could be a good choice for the Maverick Raptor. We look forward to Ford sharing more details about the Maverick soon.

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