Ford’s all-novel Maverick uses a monocoque platform borrowed from the Bronco in design of a feeble ladder body, and it slots neatly below the Ranger
Bewitch-up trucks in The United States are getting nearly grotesquely large. And that’s no longer proper us Brits saying so as outsiders who don’t live with different scale of things all the most effective arrangement thru the pond – you’ll catch hundreds of US motoring journalists decrying the supersizing of even supposed ‘smaller’ trucks. They resolve up an obscene amount of room, indulge in a voracious bustle for food for gas, and their worryingly lofty entrance-ends are a pedestrian safety trouble.
Ford makes its gleaming share of enormous snatch-ups, however the Blue Oval is no less than making up for this with its novel offering, the Maverick. Subsequent to an F-250 Colorful Responsibility it’s nearly 1.3 metres shorter and 270mm inches decrease, and it’s even noticeably smaller than the Ranger. Compared with that, it’s 280mm shorter and 61mm decrease.
We are aloof talking about something that’s comfortably longer than a BMW 5-sequence, however in American snatch-up phrases, the Bronco Sport-connected Maverick is a tiny, cute dinky thing. A smaller dimension arrangement less elephantine to raise round, and trudge adequate, the lightest one is a extraordinarily reasonably 1615kg.
It’s aloof hundreds purposeful, with a 4.6-foot load mattress that will maybe raise as much as 680kg of clobber. This expands to six ft with the tailgate originate, which is in a job to moreover be fixed diagonally in case you’re loading something which is most effective somewhat longer than the mattress. Help there, you’ll moreover catch 12 anchor parts, two 12-volt, 20-amp energy sockets and an extra pair of 110-volt retail outlets.
That lightest Maverick we mentioned earlier is the entrance-wheel pressure 2.0-litre Ecoboost mannequin (all-wheel pressure is optional), proper for 247bhp and 277lb ft of torque. The entry-level version meanwhile is a 2.5-litre hybrid, which powers the entrance wheels by a CVT. Both of those can haul proper over 900kg, even supposing the 2.0-litre can manage twice that with the 4K (4000lb) tow kit.
The hybrid manages a blended MPG resolve of 37mpg, which works out at round 44mpg when measured with the larger gallon measurements we exercise over here. Decent innings, and adequate for a unfold of about 500 miles.
If you happen to’re no longer purchased yet, maybe the mark could maybe well sway you. The injurious ‘XL’ mannequin starts at $19,995, and that’s in spite of having a superb amount of capsules along with an eight-inch infotainment machine, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and the ‘Co-Pilot360’ bundle of riding assistance parts.
Even when the Maverick’s dimensions would possess it reasonably suitable to narrower roads, it doesn’t discover like Ford will bring it to Europe. Within the US, it’ll inch on gross sales this autumn, with the reservation activity originate now.