Late last week, we got our first good look at the 2022 Ford Maverick when the automaker finally removed a large portion of the heavy camo it’s been bestowing prototypes of the compact pickup with for months. And now, a few months after we spied a more heavily camo’d Maverick next to a Ford Ranger, we’ve got some new photos of a 2022 Ford Maverick prototype parked next to a 2021 Ford Mustang to share.
As we can see from these new 2022 Ford Maverick prototype photos, the pickup is not much longer than the pony car at all. This confirms what we already knew, and that’s the fact that the Maverick is going to be a compact pickup that slots beneath the Ranger in Ford’s lineup, filling a hole that’s remained in the automaker’s lineup since the previous-gen Ranger was discontinued.
Unfortunately, these two Blue Oval vehicles are not lined up perfectly, as the Maverick seems to be parked a little further forward than the Mustang. Regardless, these two vehicles look very close in overall length, while the Maverick is a bit taller, as one would expect. If nothing else, this gives prospective buyers a good idea as to how big the SuperCrew-only Maverick will be.
Early Ford Maverick production is already underway at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant, as we recently reported. The Maverick will be built alongside there the Ford Bronco Sport, with which it shares the Ford C2 Platform. The pickup will be available in front-wheel-drive configuration with a lower-cost, twist-beam rear suspension or all-wheel-drive with an independent rear suspension.
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.
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 Ford Ranger.