We Render The Bronco Sport-Like 2022 Ford Maverick Compact Pickup

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Though there’s still a lot we still don’t know about the upcoming 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup, things are slowly starting to come into focus. As exclusively reported by Ford Authoritydevelopment of the vehicle began in 2018 and Ford executive, Jim Farley – who now serves as FoMoCo’s COO – confirmed a sub-Ranger model in early 2019. It was originally believed that this small Ford pickup would carry the Courier nameplate, but vehicle will instead be called Maverick, a name Ford trademarked back in 2016.

But instead of the old compact car from the ’70s, the new Ford Maverick will instead be a small, unibody pickup. Problem is, we don’t really know how it will look like, so we went ahead and came up with a series of renderings to visualize it.

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The 2022 Ford Maverick will ride on a variant of the Ford C2 platform shared most directly with the Ford Bronco Sport. Other models that also utilize this architecture include the fourth-generation Ford Focus, third-generation Ford Escape / Kuga, and first-generation Lincoln Corsair.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport

The Maverick will share quite a bit with the new Bronco Sport, including styling elements. In fact, we’ve even heard whispers that it wouldn’t be all too incorrect to call this vehicle the “Bronco Sport pickup.”

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Despite its car-based, unibody roots, the new Maverick won’t be some dull, soft-looking vehicle. Instead, it will have rugged, masculine styling traits, including an upright front end and a relatively boxy body.

The truck’s unibody construction will result in a seamless cab-to-bed transition. A four-door cab is expected to be the only option. The bottom portion of the tailgate will have “Maverick” written out across it.

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Besides platform and styling traits, the 2022 Ford Maverick will also share powertrains with the Bronco Sport. These include the turbo-charged 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 “Dragon” and the ubiquitous turbo-charged 2.0L EcoBoost I-4. Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is expected to be the only gearbox, sending power to either the front wheels as standard, or to all four wheels in AWD models. Like all vehicles riding on Ford’s C2 platform, the engine and transmission will be transversely-mounted.

As far as timing goes, the 2022 Ford Maverick is expected to arrive in the second half of the 2021 calendar year as a 2022 model. It will likely be produced alongside the Bronco Sport at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico.

The return of a “true” compact Ford pickup to the lineup be music to the ears of those who miss the old Ford Ranger, and find the new one simply too big. And if it winds up looking anything like our renderings, we think that it will be quite the hit, too.

We’ll be here to report the details of this new compact Ford pickup every step of the way, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Maverick news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. More work for foreign, non UAW labor. Let’s see, Maverick, Baby Bronco, Mach E…Buy American or buy nothing.

    • Profits from the sale of these vehicles is still going back to the US.

      Conversely, you don’t see Japanese complaining that Toyota vehicles sold in the US are made in the US, instead of Japan.

  2. So we’ve heard rumors of a Bronco based pickup, which I guess I assumed would be based on the full size Bronco. And now it sounds like the Maverick will be Bronco styled, is this the rumored Bronco based pickup or is there still potentially a bigger one based on the full size Bronco?

  3. Looks good except for the large, somewhat “wondering eye” look of the headlights. Maybe something a bit smaller and more menacing in appearance?

  4. Super Duty, F150, Ranger, Bronco, Bronco truck, Bronco Sport, Maverick truck, the only thing missing from Ford’s Family of truck line up is the return of the car based Ranchero off the Explorer platform which is to be used on the next Mustang

  5. I was very excited right up until I read “. A four-door cab is expected to be the only option.” I sure hope they consider a two door variant.

  6. Several international media reported that Brazil will be the first country to receive it.
    If Ford really wants to gain market in South America, the ideal would be to manufacture it regionally, since the free trade agreement with Mexico imposes annual quotas.
    In addition, it should also be equipped with diesel engines, which are the market’s preference.

  7. Ford better step up production. The new Hyundai Santa Cruz looks to come out in 2021, a full year before the projection for this Maverick. I have no problem buying Hyundai and other buyers who have been waiting a long time for a true mini-truck might feel the same.

    • Amen. I drove a Ranger Splash for 15 years and loved it. When the new Ranger came out, I was disappointed in the size. I am hopeful for the Maverick. Most days, I just need the capability to haul some lights items. Being able to reach over the side of the bed would also be great. I am a Ford fan, through and through, but the newer Ridgeline is a smaller option. A Ranchero would be wonderful….I can dream. Hoping the Maverick can fill the gap in the mini or small pickup market.

  8. Please make a 2 door with a usable bed, many of us still use the old 2 door Ranger as a truck, do we really need another 4 door with a 4′ bed?!? I know the 4 door is a given, but please make a 2 door option too for those of us that need a small runabout with a usable sized bed

  9. I am very disappointed that this might only be a crew cab. I understand that it would increase the costs to have too many cab configurations but at least offer an extended cab with a bed that is not smaller than 5 feet. I have a crew cab midsize pickup and I want something smaller–I don’t want another crew cab I never use the back seat but I use the bed.

  10. I don’t laugh at the concept of a crew cab truck especially for families needing them but for those of us that only need a pickup for hauling things and never using the back seat I would rather have a foot more on the bed length.

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