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FORD MAVERICK CAUGHT IN THE WILD NEXT TO FORD RANGER

It Truly Appears To Be A Utilitarian Small Truck

2022 Ford Maverick Small Pickup Truck Spy Photos OTX

We’ve previously referred to the upcoming 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck as Ford’s worst kept secret, and that point just keeps getting driven home with the latest spy shots. The upcoming unibody Ford Maverick was just spied testing with the larger, mid-sized Ford Ranger, giving an interesting size comparison for the new compact pickup. We’ve already known the truck is a little longer than the Mustang, but it looks much smaller than the Ranger.

The very orange Ford Ranger in the photos is a Lariat SuperCrew with the Fx4 package, which comes in at 210.8 inches long. The Mustang, meanwhile, is 188.5 inches long. To our eye-ball estimates, this would put the Ford Maverick pickup truck at about 190-195 inches long. It’s also hard to get any idea of width based on the pictures, which you can see more of over on Maverick Truck Club forum.

What’s more striking is how much shorter the truck is, and in some ways resembles the last generation Ford Ranger in terms of proportions.

Ford Maverick
Ford Maverick teaser

The Ford Ranger is noticeably taller than the Maverick, to the point that it doesn’t have any side steps to assist getting in the cab. That being said, it does look like the Ranger is on considerably bigger wheels and tires, which add to it’s height. But at the end of the day, there’s no doubt the lower height is down to the Maverick’s Bronco Sport unibody construction underneath. The Bronco Sport is a capable off-road crossover, but it’s no body on frame truck. The Maverick should be the same.

This size bodes well for the Ford Maverick, which aims to get customers a small an inexpensive pickup in a new segment below the Ranger and F-150. It’s smaller than the only other unibody truck on sale today, the Honda Ridgeline, but will go up against the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz, teased today in the picture below, will form a similar slot in the market. Both trucks will give customers a compact truck at a low price, something that’s not present in the US market. With full size and mid-sized pickups seemingly growing larger and larger, it should be interesting to see how these rivals do in an entirely new segment.

Hyundai Santa Cruz
Hyundai Santa Cruz teaser. Photo via Hyundai

Written by Sam George

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