The Ford Maverick is a baby Ranger with a hybrid powertrain – full debut next week

Hot off the press from the F-150 Lightning EV pick-up truck launch last month, Ford has announced another new addition to its pick-up truck line-up called the Maverick, to make its global debut on the 8th of June.

The Maverick will be a compact pick-up truck that is rumoured to be positioned below the Ford Ranger. And unlike its elder siblings that are built on a body-on-frame structure, the Maverick will reportedly to have an unibody construction, putting it in line with the Honda Ridgeline and the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

According to numerous rumours and reports, the chassis in question is the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Focus and Bronco Sport. That means it’ll also most likely share the same powertrain options as the Bronco Sport, including a 245 hp/375 Nm 2.0-litre turbo inline-four, and a 181 hp/258 Nm 1.5-litre turbo inline-three.

However, Ford’s latest teaser video also briefly showed a Hybrid badge, so there’s no doubt that the Maverick will come with an electrified variant!

All rumours so far suggests that the Maverick will be an entry-level truck, with a fairly basic equipment list. Front-wheel drive will come as standard on the base variant, alongside a torsion beam rear suspension set-up. However, that also means that it’ll have a lower entry price, rumoured to be below the USD20,000 (~RM83k) mark.

Buyers will be able to opt for four-wheel drive on higher-end variants, which also replaces the torsion beam with a more sophisticated independent suspension set-up at the rear.

Americans love their pick-up trucks, and the Maverick looks like the best solution to owning a pick-up while living in congested cities like New York. More information will have to wait until the Maverick’s official launch, but for now, would you be open to a baby pick-up truck like this? Let us know in the comments section below.


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