We’ve seen a number of 2022 Ford Maverick prototypes in recent months, each one giving us another clue as to what we can expect from The Blue Oval’s forthcoming compact pickup. One thing we have seen a lot of in regards to the Maverick is its suspension setup, which, as we reported last year, confirmed that the pickup will utilize a base front-wheel-drive configuration with all-wheel-drive available as an option. But now, we have photos to share of an all-wheel-drive 2022 Ford Maverick prototype with an independent rear suspension.
The previous Maverick prototype utilized a simple coil-sprung twist-beam rear suspension configuration that’s commonly seen in low-cost, front-wheel-drive vehicles. However, this setup would not be compatible with powered rear axles because of the location of the rear spring. Thus, an all-wheel-drive Maverick would have to use an entirely different rear subframe.
That’s precisely what we’re seeing with this new 2022 Ford Maverick prototype, which is equipped with a different rear subframe made up of a more complex, independent rear suspension design, giving us our first look at the all-wheel-drive variant of Ford’s future entry-level pickup.
This new suspension design appears to be an adaptation of the rear multi-link setup present on the Ford Bronco Sport and is a major departure from every Maverick prototype we’ve seen thus far. Additionally, the IRS’s control arms are covered by skid plates, which give them an added layer of protection from obstacles.
This prototype seems to provide proof of what we’ve already known all along – that the 2022 Ford Maverick will be a front-wheel-drive vehicle at its core, yet one also available with an all-wheel-drive system that provides not only improved traction but also better ride quality and handling, thanks to its independent rear.