Ford Maverick Spied: Ranger’s Baby Brother Narrower and Lower

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More spy shots of the upcoming Ford Maverick small pickup truck have surfaced over on Autoblog.

These shots show the Maverick (in FX4 trim) parked alongside a current Ranger, and show that the Maverick is narrower, lower, and smaller.

They also show a good look at the rear suspension. The front-wheel drive Maverick appears to have a coil-spring, twist-beam rear suspension that bears similarity to what’s on offer in Ford’s Transit Connect van.

AB notes that the location of the springs would nix the idea of all-wheel drive, but also remarks that since the Maverick, like the Bronco Sport, will be based on the Escape, it shouldn’t be hard for Ford to whip up a solution.

The idea of a front-wheel drive truck may sound strange, but the well-received Honda Ridgeline is, of course, front-wheel drive, unless you opt for all-wheel drive. So it’s not unheard of. The Ridgeline even proves that a front-wheel drive, or AWD truck based on front-drive, can handle the same tough tasks asked of trucks with aplomb.

Head over to Autoblog to check out the pics.

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