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2022 Ford Maverick Prototype Spied With Least Amount Of Camo To Date

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Over the last few months, we’ve spied more than one 2022 Ford Maverick prototype, but each one has been clad in some seriously heavy camouflage. Aside from one leaked image of a Maverick on the assembly line, we haven’t really gotten a good look at what the new compact pickup will look like. However, these new spy photos give us our best look yet at the 2022 Ford Maverick, thanks to much lighter camo.

This 2022 Ford Maverick prototype bears all of the design elements we’ve expected to see on the new pickup. That includes the front end, which has C-shaped headlights like the 2021 Ford F-150 and Ford Super Duty, which are intersected by a singular bar that runs the length of the grille. Both the upper and lower grille are completely uncovered, showing off their new designs.

The side of the Maverick shows off a very traditional pickup truck shape, with somewhat boxy styling combined with rounded edges that soften it up a bit. Like all Mavericks, this prototype is a four-door, SuperCrew model, and is rolling on a set of wheels that are very similar to the 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels available on the Ford Bronco Sport.

That should come as no surprise given the fact that the Maverick and the Bronco Sport will share components, including the Ford C2 Platform (also present in the Ford Escape). The two models will also be built alongside each other at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant. As we recently reported, early Maverick production is already underway.

Out back, we can see a sliding rear window, a feature Ford Authority exclusively reported the Maverick would come with last August, along with a bumper that frames a tow hitch. We can also clearly see the presence of an independent rear suspension, which means that this is an all-wheel-drive model. The front-wheel-drive version will be equipped with a lower-cost, twist-beam 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. As we exclusively reported earlier today, 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.

We’ll have much more on the new Maverick soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Why do we need this truck? It looks like it’s the same damn size of the Ranger! Makes no sense. Too many trucks! Not one sedan. Crazy.

    • There’s a ton of people who either can’t or won’t, pay $40k-$80k for a decently equipped truck that will tow 7,500-12,000lbs when all they’re looking to haul or tow are bicycles. This thing in an XLT 302a AWD should be right around $30,000. An XL AWD will be about $26,000. I think they’re gonna sell well.

    • Why would they build things people actually want, and buy for enough money that they make a profit?! Makes no sense! Crazy!

      And being slightly longer than the Ford Escape compact CUV means this thing is HUGE!

      • You’re exactly correct, but it suppose to be built on the Bronco/ Escape platform making it smaller than the Ranger.

    • Reading the smallest amount about this vehicle will tell you it shares the chassis with the Bronco Sport and Escape. It will not be as work-capable as the ranger, it will therefore be cheaper than the Ranger, not to mention the engines available for it will be the same options available tot he Bronco Sport and Escape. It is also confirmed (again, though the smallest amount of research) to be smaller than the current Ranger.

  2. Any idea what trim level we might be looking at? Looks lower end to me, XL or lower optioned XLT maybe? Excited for this truck, wife has been wishing for a truck the size of her old Ranger she grew up with, new ones are so tall now.

    • Judging by the Falken Wildpeak A/T tires, I’d guess this is at least an XLT with the FX4 or whatever they’re going to call it package.

      • Yeah, pretty sure we’re looking at the Timberline version, which should have the 2.0L EcoBoost and other goodies from the Bronco Sport Badlands.

        Don’t get how this model, with its beefy tires and aluminum wheels, could be thought of as a price-leader version.

  3. Overall it looks good; but there’s something off with those headlights. The “insert” in the middle of the C-shape looks to be the wrong size, like there’s a small space. Just looks off.

    • I feel the same – Will most likely still get it though since I feel it fits my needs and budget better than paying another $7,000 for a Ranger Crew Cab. Looks better for tighter parking and fuel efficiency, and it has at least a decent sized bed for the items I carry around.

    • I don’t quite understand why people insist on a specific engine configuration for a specific class of vehicle.
      I hope you understand that the Ranger doesn’t need a V6 and that the Maverick certainly won’t need one, being smaller than the Ranger.
      What is so special about six cylinders being configured in a V setup for a vehicle in this or the Ranger’s class?

  4. I have a 15 Toyota Tacoma SR5 = no problems with it, as well as a ’16 F150 XLT however, I’m very interested in this. I may sell the Taco and buy this…if the right color scheme is available.

  5. This looks very close in size, bed length, and design even to what I drive now, an ’03 Sport Trac. Won’t be for everyone, but I really like it. I hope that I can get it decently equipped under $25K.

  6. Now that it’s mentioned, I too thought of the Sport Trac when I saw the design. Bed’s a bit short but hey, got the F150 and a trailer if the job is that large.

  7. How much would it cost to ship a Ford Falcon from Australia or another one of the awesome 2 door small trucks manufactured there?

  8. Make the new Maverick a regular or extended cab with a 6 foot bed and more then a few of us will be in line for one.

  9. Because “Stalky” people want 6 cylinders so it sounds like there’s an engine under under the hood. I don’t think your P71 would be as much fun to drive if you had 4 banger. No less a 3 banger! The nerve of these car companies. 3 cylinders now? How depressing.

  10. The old rangers were the best low tech nothing to break had 89 for 19 years, I doubt if I stuck 1,000 dollars into it. Had 313,000 miles when i sold it. Original clutch, transmission, and engine.hard to change plugs though, had 8 for a 4 banger.

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