2023 Ford Maverick ST – Everything We Know

2023 Ford Maverick ST – Ford previously stated that it is considering a sporty Maverick for the pickup’s EcoBoost and thrifty Hybrid powertrains. However, there hasn’t been any news on this front. This was up until last week. Our spy photographers were able to capture a more aggressive Maverick cruising around. It had stacked dual exhausts in its rear bumper, and a wider body that concealed large, heavy wheels. Although the Maverick was camouflaged, it is still possible to see what could be hidden beneath that vinyl wrap. We fired up Photoshop and put our best minds together, and voilà! The 2023 Ford Maverick ST is here – at least, unofficially.

2023 Ford Maverick ST
2023 Ford Maverick ST

2023 Ford Maverick ST Redesign

The front air dam of our hypothetical Maverick ST is deeper and meaner, hiding what may be an additional intercooler as per spy photos. The unique mesh has a dark finish and fits perfectly into the smoked headlights. A couple of ST badges can be found on the corners of the grille or the tailgate. Our electronic Maverick is lowered over 20-inch wheels. Fender extensions hide a wider track, which improves stability and handling. The rear features a black tailgate wordmark and the distinctive vertical exhausts that are located in each corner of the bumper – design cues taken from the Edge ST.

2023 Ford Maverick ST Interior
2023 Ford Maverick ST Interior

Engine

The spy photos have shown that the Blue Oval has not confirmed whether it will produce a sports version of the pickup, which would be sold alongside other Ford products such as the Explorer ST and F-150 Raptor. If and when that happens, the Maverick will likely be more focused on sporty off-road performance than Baja-blasting speed. It will likely make use of Ford’s turbocharged, 2.3-liter inline-4, which produces 330 horsepower (243kilowatts), and the Mustang. A 10-speed automatic will power it, but we hope the Focus RS’ six-speed manual will make a return.

2023 Ford Maverick ST Specs
2023 Ford Maverick ST Specs

2023 Ford Maverick ST Released

The Maverick ST will be all-wheel drive, just like the Focus RS. Also, the hot hatch might offer its unique Sport, Track and Drift modes. Imagine a pickup speeding along a track with smoke coming from every wheel well. Followed closely by a Nissan 240SX or a Toyota Corolla AE86. We dare you to not giggle. Our Maverick ST is a dream, but it’s not a reality right now. Ford claims it is monitoring interest in this vehicle. If you are interested in seeing the inexpensive pickup transformed into a pocket rocket with a cargo bed, please let Ford know.