Over the last several months, we’ve seen multiple 2022 Ford Maverick prototypes out testing, which has given us quite a few clues as to what to expect from the forthcoming compact pickup. But those prototypes have been wearing some seriously heavy camouflage, which has concealed the truck’s styling to an extreme degree. Now, however, we’ve got our first really good look at the 2022 Ford Maverick. Or, at least it’s front end.
The picture was posted over at Maverick Truck Club, and shows the prototype coming down the assembly line at the Ford Hermosillo Plant in Mexico, where the Maverick will be produced alongside the Ford Bronco Sport. While the truck is still wearing a good bit of camo, the front end is completely exposed, giving us our first look at its surprisingly aggressive styling.
Previously, we reported that the Ford Maverick would share its Ford C2 Platform with the Bronco Sport, as well as some styling cues including an upright front end and masculine design language. This is certainly the case here, though the front end design is quite different from the Bronco Sport.
The reverse C-shaped headlights with turn signals inside of them on this Maverick prototype are more reminiscent of the 2021 Ford F-150 than anything else, as is the grille design, which is punctuated by a single horizontal bar and Blue Oval emblem. The overall design, including the bulging fenders and squared-off cab, is very truck-like and belies the unibody platform that lies underneath – something that traditional truck fans will certainly appreciate.
This model is a crew cab, which, as Ford Authority previously reported, will be the sole configuration available. The Maverick is expected to be offered with either Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost Dragon I-3 or an optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, both of which are expected to be paired with FoMoCo’s 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s currently unclear, but a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder is also a possibility, as is a hybrid drivetrain. The compact pickup will come in front-wheel-drive configuration, but all-wheel-drive will also be available.