This explains the weird Maverick spy shots that looked an awful lot like a Transit

So far, the Ford Maverick pickup has been a pretty well-kept secret outside of some leaked CAD images and a photo that showed off what appeared to be the real tailgate with the Maverick name stamped on it. Rumors have suggested that it would be part of the Bronco family and could even be the rumored Bronco truck that has now been all but confirmed to arrive before 2024. However, a new leak via Maverick Chat forums, which quotes a person claiming to work for a supplier, has painted a very clear picture of what we can expect, and it’s probably not good.

Maverick Pickup: Ford’s Fear of Failure Is Setting It Up For Failure

The Ford Maverick Pickup Will Be Little More Than a Transit Connect With a Bed
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Here’s the cold, clear-cut truth: There’s not a single compact truck on the U.S. market and, according to the source of this information, Ford isn’t sure about the Mavericks chances of success. That fear, which is derived from the chance for poor sales and money spent in R&D, is exactly why the Maverick is being set up to fail right from the start. How can that be? Well, what if I told you that not only is the Maverick not part of the Bronco family but that it will essentially be a Transit Connect with a bed? Doesn’t sound too good, does it?

According to the source, Ford’s doing everything it can to keep costs down and, in doing so, it’s basing the Maverick on the Transit Connect.

It will share a lot of mechanical components, including the Transit’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 162 horsepower. Reportedly, the smaller 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder with 180 horsepower will be available as an option sometime down the road. Interestingly enough, Ford is apparently looking to build 100,000 examples of the Maverick in the first year of production, which seems high considering Ford delivered less than 90,000 examples of the Ford ranger during its first full year of availability (2019).

The Ford Maverick Pickup Will Be Little More Than a Transit Connect With a Bed
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The other interesting tidbit from this leaked info is what we’ve learned about the size of the Maverick.

Considering it’s based on the Transit Connect, you can expect at least some resemblance in the front end, and it’ll probably end up looking goofy because it’s said to be a four-door truck with a bed that’s around two-feet shorter than that of a Ranger.

That is “depending on configuration, of course.” To put this into perspective, the Ford Ranger SuperCrew has a 61-inch (5.08-foot) bed while the SuperCab has a 72.8-inch (6.06-foot) bed. That puts the Maverick having a 37-inch (3.08-foot) bed or a 48.8-inch (4.06-foot) bed, assuming it will be offered in a similar configuration as the Ranger.

So, with that said, we’re looking at a four-door Transit connect with a 3-4 foot bed attached to the back. I don’t know about you, but my imagination tells me that the Ford Maverick compact pickup is going to end up looking very odd. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Ford would have a better chance if the Maverick was based on the Bronco family, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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