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.