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I think someone mentioned it before but I didn’t really notice till these pics. The offset license plate bothers me. Not a deal breaker, just odd
I was the one that said that. My opinion is the same as yours. The offset plate is strange, but it wouldn't turn me away.

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This pic sure makes the Maverick look tiny next to the Ranger. Granted the angle of the pic and distance to the two from the camera are different but you clearly can see a size difference.

 

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It's hard to tell due to the camo, but the actual license plate holder might be part of the tail gate, with the light coming from the protrusion that seems to be mid-gate. There is definitely something there.

Clearly, the right of center placement is not the spot, the plate isn't even sitting straight. Nor would it be visible with a trailer attached.
 
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The license plate should not matter as you will never see it if you are driving (ha, ha, ha),
A friend of my Dad's once bought an AMC Matador... for that exact reason! He said that it was so ugly that if he was driving it, he wouldn't have to look at it! 😂🤣😆
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I have a feeling the off-road trim/package (whether that's Badlands, Timberline, or Badlands) will get the BS Badlands type of clearance, which just so happens to be basically the exact same as a FX4 Ranger.
I serious hope you're right. NOT happy with the ground clearance at all! 😑
 

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It's hard to tell due to the camo, but the actual license plate holder might be part of the tail gate, with the light coming from the protrusion that seems to be mid-gate. There is definitely something there.
You mean the giant Ford logo that sits mid tailgate on all Ford trucks?
 

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It's hard to tell due to the camo, but the actual license plate holder might be part of the tail gate, with the light coming from the protrusion that seems to be mid-gate. There is definitely something there.

Clearly, the right of center placement is not the spot, the plate isn't even sitting straight. Nor would it be visible with a trailer attached.
Most of the time you can't see the license plate when a trailer's attached to any truck.. Can't see it on my Honda Ridgeline..
 

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I serious hope you're right. NOT happy with the ground clearance at all! 😑
I mean, I'm not sure what you expected from a truck smaller than the Ranger. The old Rangers maxed out at 8" of ground clearance from my very cursory research. And even less the farther back you go. And I would expect the Mav to be pretty close to that looking at the pictures here. Heck, even new Escapes and non-Badlands Bronco Sports have almost the same clearance as an old Ranger (7.8" vs 8.0").

And as I said before, the beauty of not having a solid rear axle means the diff is no longer hanging way down. Looking at the pictures it seems like the lowest hanging stuff under the Mav is pretty close to the same height off the ground as the rear diff on the Ranger. I would expect somewhere in the 8" range to be clearance for the base, and maybe bump it up to to the 8.8-8.9" for the off-road trim/package.
 
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In the series of pics from early March there’s a good shot of the bumper without a license plate and you can see what appear to be two upper screws on the right side. Also what looks like two small squares that are further spaced. I think the tailgate is the same that was leaked long ago and would have no room for a license plate
 

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I mean, I'm not sure what you expected from a truck smaller than the Ranger. The old Rangers maxed out at 8" of ground clearance from my very cursory research. And even less the farther back you go. And I would expect the Mav to be pretty close to that looking at the pictures here. Heck, even new Escapes and non-Badlands Bronco Sports have almost the same clearance as an old Ranger (7.8" vs 8.0").

And as I said before, the beauty of not having a solid rear axle means the diff is no longer hanging way down. Looking at the pictures it seems like the lowest hanging stuff under the Mav is pretty close to the same height off the ground as the rear diff on the Ranger. I would expect somewhere in the 8" range to be clearance for the base, and maybe bump it up to to the 8.8-8.9" for the off-road trim/package.
A little Subaru Crosstrek has 8.7" of ground clearance. I would at least expect that.

"With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and available X-MODE®with Hill Descent Control – which electronically optimizes the engine, transmission, and other systems for increased traction in slippery conditions – Crosstrek provides peace of mind on almost any road. A dual-function X-MODE with settings for snow, dirt, and mud is also available."

https://www.subaru.com/vehicles/crosstrek/features.html
 

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A little Subaru Crosstrek has 8.7" of ground clearance. I would at least expect that.

"With 8.7 inches of ground clearance and available X-MODE®with Hill Descent Control – which electronically optimizes the engine, transmission, and other systems for increased traction in slippery conditions – Crosstrek provides peace of mind on almost any road. A dual-function X-MODE with settings for snow, dirt, and mud is also available."

https://www.subaru.com/vehicles/crosstrek/features.html
Subarus have always had that 8.7” ground clearance in Outback, Forester and Crosstrek. You would be surprised how many SUVs don’t even come close to that. I’m guessing Maverick will have the same ground clearance with AWD as Escape and Bronco Sport, 7.9”
 

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Subarus have always had that 8.7” ground clearance in Outback, Forester and Crosstrek. You would be surprised how many SUVs don’t even come close to that. I’m guessing Maverick will have the same ground clearance with AWD as Escape and Bronco Sport, 7.9”
Yikes! 😳 I would hope the Timberline would best that!
 
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Yikes! 😳 I would hope the Timberline would best that!
I'm with you. I hope that the off-road trim is similar in clearance to the BS Badlands, and so with 30 in tires (which a Ford engineer told C&D the Badlands could handle stock), you'd end up with 9.25 in or so of clearance.
 
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