By James Raia
It could be called the Ford Maverick, Courier or Ranchero. All are well-known vehicle names among enthusiasts of Ford offerings of yesteryear. And one is likely the name of the automaker’s return to offering a compact pickup truck.
The automaker won’t reveal the name, but it has announced the new unibody vehicle. Spy images have been viewed and Maverick seems to the betting favorites’ choice.
By any given name, the base model will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, according to several automotive website reports. The engine is also featured in the Transit Connect model and generates 162 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque.
Ford Maverick on the horizon?
Slotted below the Ford Ranger, the Maverick, Courier or Ranchero (or maybe another name) will have a similar look to the Honda Ridgeline. It will be a four-door-only vehicle.
A 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine will be optional, with 181 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, and with all-wheel optional. Some reports have suggested a manual transmission may also be available.
The new Ford will also be fuel-efficient with reports of a combined 30 miles per gallon rating.
And the new truck will also be economical. The base model manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is estimated at $20,000.
Sales of the 2022 Ford Maverick are expected to start by early spring 2021.
Ford hasn’t announced where the Maverick will be built. But reports detail its headquarters will either be at the brand’s facility in Monterrey or Cuautitlan, Mexico.
If the new truck is called a Courier, it will extend Ford’s fondness for the name. The Courier (a delivery sedan) was made from 1952-1960. The name was also used for the manufacturer’s compact pickup (1972-2007), compact panel van (1991-2002) and coupe utility (1998-2013).
If Ford uses the name Maverick, it will be the second time. The Maverick was a Ford compact sedan, available in the United States from 1970–1977.
The Ford Ranchero was a utility coupe produced between 1957–1979. It was adapted from a two-door station wagon platform. The cab and cargo bed were integrated into the body.
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