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I wanted to have a bit of fun in photoshop and do a Maveric as a sport truck since I always had a soft spot for them. Plus, I wanted some inspiration for when I get mine. I'm a Japanese car guy (long history of Subaru and recently sold my Type R) who stupidly passed up on a Tacoma XRunner a few years back that I still regret to this day :).

What do you all think of the potential of the Maverick as a sport truck? I know it is touted as anything but that. However, with the 2L Ecoboost option (plus AWD), the unibody construction, and the weight of the vehicle - I feel like there is potential for a fun little truck!

Anyways, here is the photoshop I did!

Edit: Attached the same picture twice 🤦‍♂️
 

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I wanted to have a bit of fun in photoshop and do a Maveric as a sport truck since I always had a soft spot for them. Plus, I wanted some inspiration for when I get mine. I'm a Japanese car guy (long history of Subaru and recently sold my Type R) who stupidly passed up on a Tacoma XRunner a few years back that I still regret to this day :).

What do you all think of the potential of the Maverick as a sport truck? I know it is touted as anything but that. However, with the 2L Ecoboost option (plus AWD), the unibody construction, and the weight of the vehicle - I feel like there is potential for a fun little truck!

Anyways, here is the photoshop I did!

Edit: Attached the same picture twice 🤦‍♂️
Welcome to the forum @JamesHenry! Nice job with the rendering! How long did you have your Type R for?

@bwiren13 has a great thread going on what could be possible with the Maverick. Since the 2.0 EcoBoost has been around for a while there should be plenty of performance options for people to experiment with. AWD would have to be the way to go for me for more grip/handling.

 

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@JamesHenry I think there's some real potential for performance here.

Would you like to see tuning companies like Hennessey Performance get involved?

"Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Maverick" sure sounds good to me!

 

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I’m planning to go with the hybrid but I really like how these renderings look. I guess mine will be more of cruiser driving by gas stations lol.
 

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Reason I'm also fond of the hybrid, is I think this will work best as a around town pickup, and its rewarding getting 500 miles to the tank and then at the fuel pump seeing you got well over 30mpg on a pickup using only 87 octane.

I don't know how much tires come into play here, but the Maverick isn't likely to outperform the Escape on which its based, and I just read Motortrend's result on its figure 8 test:
On MotorTrend's figure-eight course, which evaluates acceleration, braking, cornering, and the transitions between them, the Escape Hybrid finished in 28.3 seconds at 0.60 g (average), almost the same as an FWD Escape 1.5T (28.2 seconds at 0.62 g, average) but not as good as the AWD Escape 2.0T (27.7 seconds at 0.64 g, average).
Those are not super impressive, as for comparison a Toyota Prius does it in 26.3 seconds at an average of 0.64 g on rock hard eco-tires, and no one has ever accused a Prius of being much of a sports car.

They also reported that the Ford traditional 8-speed is rather laggy in responding to quick throttle, always preferring to be in the highest gear possible. Granted there isn't much competition in this segment, but I'd wager that the Santa Cruz with the 275hp 8-speed wet DCT would be the better platform for a sport truck. The engine is port and direct injected, so no carbon buildup concerns, and the wet DCT that is the same one used in the Veloster N has gotten a lot of praise for being very responsive and banging through gears quickly, and being a wet-clutch doesn't have any heat buildup concerns like their old 7-speed dry DCT, and it comes standard with paddle shifters so you can row your own.
 

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Reason I'm also fond of the hybrid, is I think this will work best as a around town pickup, and its rewarding getting 500 miles to the tank and then at the fuel pump seeing you got well over 30mpg on a pickup using only 87 octane.

I don't know how much tires come into play here, but the Maverick isn't likely to outperform the Escape on which its based, and I just read Motortrend's result on its figure 8 test:

Those are not super impressive, as for comparison a Toyota Prius does it in 26.3 seconds at an average of 0.64 g on rock hard eco-tires, and no one has ever accused a Prius of being much of a sports car.

They also reported that the Ford traditional 8-speed is rather laggy in responding to quick throttle, always preferring to be in the highest gear possible. Granted there isn't much competition in this segment, but I'd wager that the Santa Cruz with the 275hp 8-speed wet DCT would be the better platform for a sport truck. The engine is port and direct injected, so no carbon buildup concerns, and the wet DCT that is the same one used in the Veloster N has gotten a lot of praise for being very responsive and banging through gears quickly, and being a wet-clutch doesn't have any heat buildup concerns like their old 7-speed dry DCT, and it comes standard with paddle shifters so you can row your own.
TFL tested the Hyundai Kona with the DCt And it’s very laggy between gears. It takes a lot of time to gear change (likely to not burn out the clutches)

remember the Maverick is a SOLID 3”higher off the ground than the Prius. And 1.5” higher than the escape. So yea on a quick turn it won’t do well. But as far as trucks go. It should RIP
 

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TFL tested the Hyundai Kona with the DCt And it’s very laggy between gears. It takes a lot of time to gear change (likely to not burn out the clutches)
Hyundai Kona uses the old 7-speed dry clutch DCT with all the negative press about being jerky and burning clutches, not the 8-speed wet DCT that's praised all the time.

There is a Kona N "race" version that will get the 8-speed wet DCT, but its not out yet.
 

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I wanted to have a bit of fun in photoshop and do a Maveric as a sport truck since I always had a soft spot for them. Plus, I wanted some inspiration for when I get mine. I'm a Japanese car guy (long history of Subaru and recently sold my Type R) who stupidly passed up on a Tacoma XRunner a few years back that I still regret to this day :).

What do you all think of the potential of the Maverick as a sport truck? I know it is touted as anything but that. However, with the 2L Ecoboost option (plus AWD), the unibody construction, and the weight of the vehicle - I feel like there is potential for a fun little truck!

Anyways, here is the photoshop I did!

Edit: Attached the same picture twice 🤦‍♂️
I love that you did it in white. FORD always chose white with blue stripes...your black roof is cool too! I fought long and hard about the Maverick I reserved. Wimbledon White and Cactus Grey.
 

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I made a sport package of the maverick and here it is it has mustang rims a lower suspension AWD 2.3 liter high performance engine from the mustang and a hood scoop and hood decal and a rear fin and front lip
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