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 Authority, development 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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