Ford Maverick Debuting With 162 HP And May Get Manual, Insider Claims

There aren’t many details available on the Ford Maverick compact pickup just yet, at least so far. On the Maverick Cat forum, a person claiming to work for a supplier posted a host of alleged details about the small truck.

The Maverick will debut with a four-door body. This person claims the bed is about two feet shorter than a Ranger, “depending on the configuration.” For comparison, the Ranger with the SuperCrew body has 61 inches of cargo space and the SuperCab is 72.8 inches. If this insider’s numbers are correct, the rear of the new model would measure around 37 inches to 48.8 inches.

Ford Maverick tailgate leak

The small truck would not be part of Ford’s Bronco sub-brand, according to the forum member. This goes against a 2019 rumor claiming the small truck was part of the Blue Oval’s rugged family of vehicles.

This source claims that Ford is not completely sure about the Maverick’s chances of success as there is no such thing on the market in the United States. To keep costs down, the small truck allegedly shares a large number of mechanical components with the Transit Connect, including the 162-horsepower (121-kilowatt) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The Maverick could be available with a manual gearbox, this person claims. The Transit Connect’s eight-speed automatic transmission is also a likely transmission option.

If you’re looking for more horsepower, the 180 hp (134 kW) 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder could be available later in the life of the model.

This insider also alleges that Ford wants to build around 100,000 copies of the Maverick for the first year. If the Blue Oval can do that, then that would be an impressive launch for the small truck. For example, the company delivered 89,571 units of the Ranger in 2019, which was the first full year of availability for pickup.

Current information suggests that Ford intends to launch the Maverick in 2021. Sales would likely begin for the 2022 model year.

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