With production of the 2022 Ford Maverick expected to start in July, Ford Authority now has additional photos of this new model testing with its mid-sized stablemate, the Ford Ranger. We’ve spotted this duo together before, but these new angles and less camouflage on the Maverick provide yet another perspective on FoMoCo’s upcoming compact pickup truck.
Even with some distance between them, the difference in overall height is significant. The pictured Ranger is clearly taller than the Maverick as a result of the former’s body-on-frame construction and the ensuing ground clearance.
Set to be produced at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico, the new Maverick will share its C2 platform with the Ford Bronco Sport and Escape. Standard front-wheel-drive models will feature a twist-beam rear suspension, while all-wheel-drive variants will have a more complex independent setup to accommodate the rear axle shafts.
The picture below shows the two distinct Maverick rear suspension configurations. The example at left (technically at the front) appears to be front-wheel-drive, with a simple rear chassis configuration. The one on the right has low-hanging silver control arms and the exhaust routed close by, signifying the independent suspension of the all-wheel-drive model.
Pricing for the new 2022 Ford Maverick will start at just under $20k, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year. Powertrain choices are expected to include FoMoCo’s 1.5L EcoBoost Dragon three-cylinder engine, along with the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder as an option on higher trim levels. Both would be mated with The Blue Oval’s new eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s possible that Ford may equip base trim Mavericks with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, in order to meet a lower target price point. For those looking to venture off the pavement in this new compact pickup truck, a rugged off-road focused trim level is expected, likely named Timberline.