Compact pickup on the way

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Ford’s reviving the Maverick nameplate, only this time for a compact pickup truck as opposed to a compact sedan and coupe.

The modern Maverick is slated to arrive in 2021 as a 2022 model, and several prototypes have just been spotted.

They’re out testing together with Ford’s mid-size Ranger, providing a good contrast of the size difference between the two pickups. The Maverick is almost dwarfed by the Ranger, which is a good thing as there are plenty of buyers looking for a small, lifestyle-oriented pickup.

Unlike the body-on-frame Ranger and F-150 pickups, the Maverick will use Ford’s C2 unibody platform designed for compact vehicles. It may even come with front-wheel drive in lower grades, though you can bet an all-wheel-drive system will be available.

2022 Ford Maverick spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The Maverick will be a close relative of the Bronco Sport, which…

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