The Maverick family appears to be growing. Ford’s newest and most diminutive truck in a decade, the Maverick, may get a whole lot less “cute,” as the the company appears poised to introduce a tough, off-road-focused Ford Maverick Tremor. At least, that’s according to some recent trademark filing activity, and it could end up being something like the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands with a truck bed, or like the Air Design Maverick SEMA concept, which is pictured.
A trademark application with Chile’s National Institute of Industrial Property covering the Ford Maverick Tremor name in that country, raising the possibility that Ford might give its compact, unibody pickup the same sort of rugged, trail-ready treatment as the F-150 Tremor and Ranger Tremor.
Ford Maverick Tremor: What Could Happen
That may sound like an odd move given the Maverick’s humble underpinnings; its transverse, unibody C2 platform originated in the likes of the fourth-generation Ford Escape and global-market fourth-gen Focus. But importantly, the C2 platform also underpins the Ford Bronco Sport, itself no stranger to dirt, gravel, and the occasional mud puddle, and the idea that anything worth its weight in salt off-road necessarily needs a full ladder frame is about as antiquated as can be.
Of course, just because Ford filed for a trademark on the Ford Maverick Tremor name does not necessarily mean that such a model is coming, at least in America. Still, if it is on the table, what sort of performance might we expect from a Maverick Tremor? Standard four-wheel-drive is a given, and it’s likely that the package would include the more powerful of the Maverick’s two powerplant options: a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Beyond that, upgrades would most likely include off-road-tuned monotube dampers, upsized all-terrain tires (as seen with the Ford Maverick Air Design Concept), and the tow package’s lower axle gear ratio, along with a suite of bash and skid plates and a Terrain Management System to optimize the powertrain for a range of different terrain types.
We’ll be keeping a close watch to see whether or not the automaker files to trademark the Ford Maverick Tremor name in the US, so stay tuned.