As we previously reported, early 2022 Ford Maverick production actually began back in February, as 21 units were built at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant last month. However, those were pre-production prototypes. But it doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait long to see real Mavericks rolling off the assembly line, as the automaker has told its suppliers that it expects the compact pickup to enter production in July.
Even though Ford hasn’t formally revealed the Maverick, its existence is one of the worst kept secrets in the automotive world. We’ve spied a number of Maverick prototypes testing in recent months, but it wasn’t until last week that we spotted one without a heavy dose of camo covering its flanks. Then, earlier this week, we caught a Maverick parked next to a Ford Mustang, showing off its compact dimensions.
With Ford Maverick production on the horizon, we already know a lot about the new pickup, which will slow below the Ford Ranger in The Blue Oval’s expanding lineup. As Ford Authority exclusively reported recently, the Maverick will feature a starting MSRP of less than $20k when it launches, which will make it the most affordable pickup in Ford’s lineup – roughly $4,000 less than the cheapest 2021 Ranger.
The Maverick be built alongside the Ford Bronco Sport, with which it shares the Ford C2 Platform along with the Ford Escape. The pickup will be available in a front-wheel-drive configuration with a lower-cost, twist-beam rear suspension or all-wheel-drive with an independent rear suspension. The Maverick will also be available in a more rugged, off-road-oriented trim, a model that could be called the Timberline.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will be available with either Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 or an optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, both of which will be mated to FoMoCo’s eight-speed automatic transmission. A naturally aspirated four-cylinder remains a possibility for the entry-level model, while the Maverick will also come with a hybrid powertrain option.