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The bronco sports tires are either 28.5 or 29 inches in diameter. Figure 56 inches minus the tailgate or 2-3 inches. Around 50 inches long roughly speaking.

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Does this mean 5.5 foot bed with a shorter cab is a possibility? I almost gave up on the maverick when people were saying it’d be comparable to a baja
 

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The bronco sports tires are either 28.5 or 29 inches in diameter. Figure 56 inches minus the tailgate or 2-3 inches. Around 50 inches long roughly speaking.
I appreciate the visual you have provided. I suggest that the bed might be a bit longer than that though. Notice the antenna placement and the lower door panel curve. Maybe the camo is trying to hide a bit there, but it looks like the door ends ~14" before the front of the tire you shopped there. If my suggestion is true, then the bed could easily be 60". This would mean a small backseat, but really not dissimilar to the Aussie Courier from the 2000's.
 

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Here’s a new article, showing the Bronco sport superimposed. Looks like What I was thinking. If they use the same rear seat configuration, it’s easy a 60” bed.
 

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Single cab would make sense for many. That gives it a 6.5’ bed, 8’ with gate down. A 5’ bed is comparable to mid sized truck offerings though, and enough for lots of people. With the gate down, that’s 6.5’ of length, only 1.5’ overhang for sheet goods.
If they don't offer a 2-door version they might as well not bother. Ford will be missing out big time.
 

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If they don't offer a 2-door they might as well not bother. Ford will be missing out big time.
People here keep saying that but I really don't think that's true. Have you noticed that a vast majority of full size trucks are now crew cabs? This isn't the 1980's or even 1990's anymore. Even trucks used for business are heavy on extended cab & crew cabs. That's like saying everyone still wants to buy sedans which we all know is not the case, the United States has become infatuated with SUV's which now make up almost 50% of car sales. Why do you think Honda only bothers to sell one cab variant of the Ridgeline?
 

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People here keep saying that but I really don't think that's true. Have you noticed that a vast majority of full size trucks are now crew cabs? This isn't the 1980's or even 1990's anymore. Even trucks used for business are heavy on extended cab & crew cabs. That's like saying everyone still wants to buy sedans which we all know is not the case, the United States has become infatuated with SUV's which now make up almost 50% of car sales. Why do you think Honda only bothers to sell one cab variant of the Ridgeline?
That fleet sales go to crew cabs doesn't mean a heckuva lot; fleet customers buy whatever's available at the lowest price. And if crew cabs are available, that's what they'll buy.

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What AUTO MANUFACTURERS are IGNORING, is that a lot of homeowners are downsizing. Many newer housing developments feature homes on much smaller lots than what was available 20-30 years ago. Condo and townhouse developments usually place a premium on parking, as do most apartment complexes. Many "mixed use" centers (work/live/play), which are all the rage today, feature smaller sized parking spaces.

Given such an environment, why would I want a full size crew cab behemoth? The single cab configuration would be a good size, with a servicable bed. And while I wouldn't be thrilled with the extended cab configuration, it's something that I would still consider buying. I would not consider the crew cab, as the bed is too small.
 

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That fleet sales go to crew cabs doesn't mean a heckuva lot; fleet customers buy whatever's available at the lowest price. And if crew cabs are available, that's what they'll buy.

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What AUTO MANUFACTURERS are IGNORING, is that a lot of homeowners are downsizing. Many newer housing developments feature homes on much smaller lots than what was available 20-30 years ago. Condo and townhouse developments usually place a premium on parking, as do most apartment complexes. Many "mixed use" centers (work/live/play), which are all the rage today, feature smaller sized parking spaces.

Given such an environment, why would I want a full size crew cab behemoth? The single cab configuration would be a good size, with a servicable bed. And while I wouldn't be thrilled with the extended cab configuration, it's something that I would still consider buying. I would not consider the crew cab, as the bed is too small.
I'm certainly no expert but I can't imagine that Ford hasn't already done some extensive marketing research. The little information we have so far is saying this will initially be offered only as a four door however I'm not even sure that's been officially confirmed. But if they do in fact go with only one configuration at launch they won't just be rolling the dice to pick one. Ford, as well as all other auto manufacturers, have a pretty good idea of what sells and what consumer tastes are at every moment. If they're making more crew cabs in their full size trucks it's because that's what consumers are demanding. Car internet forums aren't the best place to gauge consumer tastes because it's a small minority of enthusiasts.

I'm a manual transmission guy but even I know they're slowing becoming extinct. Many years ago I had a 2002 Maxima with a manual which was a really nice car and a super fun car to drive. It may be my favorite vehicle that I've ever owned or maybe tied with my 1991 Thunderbird. Somewhere around roughly 2010 Nissan stopped offering a manual in the Maxima and the outrage on the Maxima forum was brutal. But the manual not being available anymore didn't even make a dent in their sales. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up thinking everyone wants the same features we want. I'm sure there are sedan lovers convincing themselves that SUV's aren't taking over which is obviously delusional. Heck, even Ford has, for better or worse, abandoned cars except for the Mustang.
 

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I'm certainly no expert but I can't imagine that Ford hasn't already done some extensive marketing research. The little information we have so far is saying this will initially be offered only as a four door however I'm not even sure that's been officially confirmed. But if they do in fact go with only one configuration at launch they won't just be rolling the dice to pick one. Ford, as well as all other auto manufacturers, have a pretty good idea of what sells and what consumer tastes are at every moment. If they're making more crew cabs in their full size trucks it's because that's what consumers are demanding. Car internet forums aren't the best place to gauge consumer tastes because it's a small minority of enthusiasts.
I don't want to come across as being arrogant, but for a short time I sold cars.

The one thing I quickly learned: you can sell an old person a young person's car, but you can't sell a young person an old man's car. In other words, while an older customer might go for an Altima, you're not going to sell a young customer a car with wire wheels, white wall tires, and a hood ornament.

By the same token, as you noted, there's a demand for four door trucks. And while you can migrate a single person into a crew cab truck, it'd be a lot tougher to migrate a family of four into a regular cab truck.

It costs the manufacturer less to offer fewer configurations, so then it's up to the salesperson and marketing team to migrate perspective customers into whatever offerings there are.

I know that you know all of this, and I know that Ford is going to build whatever is most profitable for them. But I don't like it :).

Seriously...I don't know how in touch marketeers are with prospective customers. Moreover, the consumer always has a "more is better" mentality, until they see the price tag. So Mr Marketeer reaches out to prospective customers, to determine what the market will bear in four years when the vehicle comes out:

"Hey," "do you want a moonroof in your next truck?"

"Oh that'd be nice."

"How about a 400 watt stereo? It'd be great for tailgating"

"Fantastic!"

Everything sounds great, until the bill comes.

As for our current situation, lots of people are missing their mortgage payments. And as I mentioned before, mixed use (live/work/play) developments are all the rage today - with tight parking spots. The Maverick certainly as a niche cut out for itself, if it's marketed correctly. That's why I have started a lot of threads on this forum; I am hoping that we might steer - however minor - Ford into tweaking their product to our satisfaction.
 

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IMO, this model has great potential with the crew cab. They've said it will start below 20k. I'm pretty sure that means 19,995 plus destination charges of course, but still...pretty decent price for a 5 seater in any class. The bed is very reasonably 60" long. For comparison, the F150 has a 5.5' bed option, the ranger, tacoma, gladiator, and frontier beds are 5', the ram 1500 and nissan titan beds are 5'7", and the colorado bed is 5'1". I mean, if this bed is 60", it's right where nearly all the other trucks have options of that size. Granted, it surely won't tow or hold as much, but that's not really the point I think.
I used to have a few rabbit pickups. They were tiny, really tiny. They had a 6' bed and were rated to haul 1000 lbs or so. They had 20gal tanks and got 50mpg. If they didn't rust out everywhere, i'd still have one. The perfect size to run to the lumber yard. The maverick will obviously be bigger than the old vw's, but it is a size I think I can live with, especially compared to the so-called mid-sized options. For years I've wanted a bed I can actually reach over the side and put stuff into...you know... use a pickup as a pickup. I'm definitely interested in what Ford is coming up with here.
 

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IMO, this model has great potential with the crew cab. They've said it will start below 20k. I'm pretty sure that means 19,995 plus destination charges of course, but still...pretty decent price for a 5 seater in any class. The bed is very reasonably 60" long. For comparison, the F150 has a 5.5' bed option, the ranger, tacoma, gladiator, and frontier beds are 5', the ram 1500 and nissan titan beds are 5'7", and the colorado bed is 5'1". I mean, if this bed is 60", it's right where nearly all the other trucks have options of that size. Granted, it surely won't tow or hold as much, but that's not really the point I think.
I used to have a few rabbit pickups. They were tiny, really tiny. They had a 6' bed and were rated to haul 1000 lbs or so. They had 20gal tanks and got 50mpg. If they didn't rust out everywhere, i'd still have one. The perfect size to run to the lumber yard. The maverick will obviously be bigger than the old vw's, but it is a size I think I can live with, especially compared to the so-called mid-sized options. For years I've wanted a bed I can actually reach over the side and put stuff into...you know... use a pickup as a pickup. I'm definitely interested in what Ford is coming up with here.
I don't purpose to be contentious, but on another thread, an insider said that the Maverick will be "2-2.5 feet shorter than the Ranger."

The Ranger is 210.8 inches long; this would make the Maverick 181-187" long - a perfect size. But with the crew cab configuration, I don't see how they're putting a 5' bed on this thing.

Maybe I am wrong, and if they can package this thing with a 5' bed, it could work - especially if they packaged it with a bed extender as they did with the Explorer Sport Track.
 

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You're not being contentious at all. None of us know for sure, we are all just speculating. The post you mention was widely shared in media. It does leave a little vagueness. Many interpreted that the bed was 2-2.5 feed shorter, but that's not what the post said. Maybe the OP can clarify sometime if they are able. I read it as total length, nose to tail. Which at 187" puts it right at the length (189") of the 2000's crew cab Aussie courier that had a bed a hair over 60". I'm not saying that it will be exactly like the courier, but that layout has been done, and done recently. Also, looking at the reasonable photoshops in this thread comparing bed size and comp to the Bronco sport, 60" seems like a completely reasonable estimate.
I agree, a bed extender option wouldn't be a bad idea. The Sport trac bed was only 49", so it really needed it.
To seal the deal for me though, if ford shoves a front seat bench in there...whoooo boy. Especially if they had a '70's green plaid fabric motif going on. It'll never happen though... 🙂
 

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The Sport trac bed was only 49"
Thanks for the visual; the Maverick is looking better and better - if they keep it simple and price it at 20k.

To seal the deal for me though, if ford shoves a front seat bench in there...whoooo boy. Especially if they had a '70's green plaid fabric motif going on. It'll never happen though... 🙂
I'd be right behind you...my Ranger has a bench seat, and I love it.
 
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