For months now, we’ve spied a number of Ford Maverick prototypes driving around and learned a lot about The Blue Oval’s first compact pickup since the previous-gen Ford Ranger was discontinued following the 2011 model year. However, it won’t be much longer before we actually get to see the new pickup in the flesh, as Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with Ford’s product plans that the 2022 Ford Maverick reveal could take place in the first half of June.
That means the 2022 Ford Maverick reveal is possibly just a couple of weeks away, at the most. And needless to say, there are still a lot of unanswered questions revolving around the new compact pickup, though we already know quite a bit about what we can expect.
For starters, that includes the fact that the Maverick will be quite a bit smaller than the current, mid-size Ford Ranger. However, the base model will also be considerably less expensive, with an MSRP of less than $20k, as Ford Authority exclusively reported some time ago. That will make the Maverick the most affordable pickup in Ford’s lineup – roughly $4,000 less than the cheapest 2021 Ranger, which is a SuperCab, not a SuperCrew like all Mavericks will be.
The base model Maverick will come equipped with incandescent exterior lighting, steelie-style wheels, a lower-cost, twist-beam rear suspension, and a rather strange exhaust setup in a front-wheel-drive configuration. An all-wheel-drive version with an independent rear suspension will also be available, as will a more rugged, off-road-oriented trim level that could be called 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 the automaker’s eight-speed automatic transmission. A naturally aspirated four-cylinder remains a possibility for the entry-level model to keep costs down, while the Maverick will also come with a hybrid powertrain option.
The Maverick be built alongside the Ford Bronco Sport at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant, with which it shares the Ford C2 Platform along with the Ford Escape. The Maverick is expected to enter production in July.