My first guess was next-generation. Its wheelbase and length seemed identical to the , and it sure was extra boxy. But then keener minds convened (or at least those less excited about a new ), and hypothesized that what we have here is the Maverick: the crossover truck based on .
The first clue was Associate Editor Byron Hurd spotting the front brakes: the calipers are mounted at the front, which is almost always a dead giveaway for a front-wheel-drive-based vehicle. First nail in thecoffin, then. Hurd added that the rear suspension is different from Explorer.
Then I climbed to the top of Autoblog headquarters and fired upOur contributing engineer hero confirmed the brake bit and chimed in that there was lots of wheelhouse space, making something like a Flex seem further unlikely and also countering my original thought that “it’s way too low for a truck.” It is, but in this case, it doesn’t matter. He also wisely explained the enormous back doors by positing that they are combining with the…