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Did you guys see spy photos of the Maverick basemodel? It seems base enough to get a manual.
But how much should we expect the auto upgrade to be? $1,000 more?
 

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What doesn't help is that no current Ford manual transmission would pair well the Maverick engine options known so far. Our only opportunity to own an affordable Ford pickup with a manual might be the next-generation 2022+ Ranger that's said to get the seven-speed from the bigger Bronco. Also consider that it's mostly enthusiasts buying manuals these days and the Ranger platform is more suitable for other enthusiast things.
 

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When the Ecosport can be equipped with manual overseas, why not bring it to the north american market?
The Ecosport also uses the 1.5L dragon. enthusiasts are not the only people seeking a manual transmission.
 

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Maverick XL base is 2wd. Bronco sport base is AWD.
To keep costs under 20k the possibilities are high
Good point, so I guess it really is possible.

The question is if they'll do it just to hit that $20k number, or if they won't do it because it's not worth the R&D. Apparently every transmission needs to get tested and govt paperwork filed, so it's a big undertaking. So a brand has to be very serious about seeing demand for the product.

I have to think the era of the manual transmission is over.

Hoping I'm wrong.
 

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When the Ecosport can be equipped with manual overseas, why not bring it to the north american market?
The Ecosport also uses the 1.5L dragon. enthusiasts are not the only people seeking a manual transmission.
I was thinking the same thing the EcoSport. That might be the best/only course of action for Ford. I can't see them developing something new for this truck.
 

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Valid point @Airic6661 and that very well may happen.

Would you be okay with that manual being offered only on lower Maverick trims? It's the only way I see this happening and it follows a proven path that other automakers have taken with entry-level vehicles. But higher up the model range we should be getting optional all-wheel drive.
 

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Valid point @Airic6661 and that very well may happen.

Would you be okay with that manual being offered only on lower Maverick trims? It's the only way I see this happening and it follows a proven path that other automakers have taken with entry-level vehicles. But higher up the model range we should be getting optional all-wheel drive.
entry level 100%
will be the only way I(probably many more) can get into a truck with budget I have to work with. I live where most would say the NEED AWD to drive in the winter. I currently have a Chev Sonic. FWD works perfectly fine
entry level, less bells and whistles, less electronics, less chance of stupid issues.
I work at a Ford Parts counter.
 

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entry level 100%
will be the only way I(probably many more) can get into a truck with budget I have to work with. I live where most would say the NEED AWD to drive in the winter. I currently have a Chev Sonic. FWD works perfectly fine
entry level, less bells and whistles, less electronics, less chance of stupid issues.
I work at a Ford Parts counter.
Totally agree.
A good set of winter tires on most passenger vehicles regardless of the platform will get you through the winter season just fine. Any specific winter tire sizes you hope to see Ford recommend here?
 

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Totally agree.
A good set of winter tires on most passenger vehicles regardless of the platform will get you through the winter season just fine. Any specific winter tire sizes you hope to see Ford recommend here?
Probably going to be something similar to the Bronco Sport.


Tire SizeRim Size
225/65R17 102H7Jx17 ET37.5
225/60R18 100H7Jx18 ET37.5
 

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I’m going to say a hard NO on manual.
The only FWD fords in the world with a manual are the Fiesta Focus and Puma ST. Not even the base modes have manuals. And even most of those STs have a auto option. if ford wants the Maverick to have a manual they would have to have it pass EPA testing. Which cost a lot of money in RND and testing. Money which would be spread out over the models with a manual. Maverick will likely not pass 40k units a year. And manual take rate in usa is what 5%? So less than 2,000 a year? I can’t see Ford offering it with the Maverick if they already haven’t with the much better selling Bronco Sport or Escape.

people don’t buy manuals anymore because they arnt better anymore. Other than the thrill of driving.(I love manuals) but if a 8speed auto gets me better mpg, and performance. And I don’t have to deal with traffic stalling. Give me the auto all day.
 

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looks like a couple manual options listed across the pond.
look through the options there is others.
that’s on the transit Connect which is the old platform. And diesel engine. I was referring to C2 Platform gas engine.

And I stand corrected, the Focus does have a super base model with the 1.0 Manual. As does the Kuga (Escape) with the 1.5.
So they do offer it there. But in the EU manuals have a very high take rate vs America.
 

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Valid point @Airic6661 and that very well may happen.

Would you be okay with that manual being offered only on lower Maverick trims? It's the only way I see this happening and it follows a proven path that other automakers have taken with entry-level vehicles. But higher up the model range we should be getting optional all-wheel drive.
Absolutely. I honestly prefer the slimmed down versions sometimes. Especially if it reduces bells and whistles that don't make a huge difference. It's the same size bed as the top of the line and I'm not going cross country in this thing.
 
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