Over the last several months, we’ve spotted a number of 2022 Ford Maverick prototypes driving around with less and less camouflage as we inch close to the compact pickup’s reveal, which should be happening soon as the Maverick is expected to enter production at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in July. Now, however, we’ve spied something that a lot of people will likely be very interested in – a 2022 Ford Maverick Base prototype.
This 2022 Ford Maverick Base prototype has all of the entry-level features we’d expect to see – incandescent exterior lighting, steelie-style wheels, a lower-cost, twist-beam rear suspension, and that same strange exhaust setup we spied on another prototype several months ago.
Those seeking nothing more than a basic pickup for as little money as possible will likely be very intrigued by the 2022 Ford Maverick Base model, which will feature a starting MSRP of less than $20k when it launches. That will make the Maverick the most affordable pickup in Ford’s lineup – roughly $4,000 less than the cheapest 2021 Ford Ranger, which is a SuperCab, not a SuperCrew like all Mavericks.
For that small outlay of cash, buyers will get a truly compact pickup, as we saw when we recently spotted a Maverick prototype parked next to a Ford Mustang. 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.
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 as seen here, or all-wheel-drive with an independent rear suspension. The Maverick will also be available in a more rugged, off-road-oriented trim that could be called Timberline.