The authentic Ranger Splash welcomed extra color selections for the 1995 product 12 months, and our proposed Maverick Splash is wearing a sharp shade of purplish-blue motivated by the primary Ranger Splash’s Sapphire Metallic paint code. Relatively than the five-spoke steelies or deep-dish cast aluminum wheels identified on the primary Splash, we additional a set of five-spoke wheels from the Maverick’s SUV-relative, the Bronco Sport. Daring, contrasting graphics are a throwback to the initial Splash’s squiggly facet stripes. In a nod to the entire body-coloured exterior features, the bar spanning the Maverick’s grille is also physique-colored.
We regarded executing some virtual surgical treatment to the mattress to make it a Flareside, but as opposed to the outdated body-on-body Ranger, the new Maverick attributes unibody design. This usually means considerable engineering (and manufacturing unit retooling) would be essential to stamp a new body shell—something Ford, even if it revived the Splash as a trim, practically certainly would not do.
And while the Ford Ranger Splash could only hope to search sporty (even though, to be honest, it did have a somewhat lowered and retuned suspension set up), our theoretical Maverick Splash, with its available turbocharged 2.-liter “EcoBoost” four-cylinder motor, is possible to match its dynamic appears to be like with formidable efficiency. Although we doubt Ford would include any energy to the Splash’s stable relative to that of the run-of-the-mill Maverick EcoBoost, it’d possible suit the colourful Maverick model with a marginally sportier suspension setup (nicely, that’s what we think about).
The Maverick presently seems to be fairly great in bolder shades, such as Cyber Orange and Velocity Blue. Bringing back again some heritage colors, this kind of as the pleasurable purplish-blue featured on our imagined Maverick Splash, as nicely as the reds and yellows far more generally associated with the unique Ranger Splash, may be a neat way for Ford to deliver an excess sprint of road charm to its new compact pickup.