In recent months, quite a few automotive models have lost numerous features and/or suffered from major production and supply chain issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. One feature quickly disappearing from a number of Ford vehicles lately is the windshield wiper de-icer, which is designed to prevent the vehicle’s wipers from freezing to the windshield. However, Ford Authority has learned that the 2022 Ford Maverick will buck this trend and continue to offer the feature.
The windshield wiper de-icer will only be available in conjunction with the XLT Luxury Package and Lariat Luxury Package (full details on those packages can be found here), however. Regardless, buyers that live in colder climates will certainly welcome its presence. There, wipers commonly freeze to the windshield in the winter, which forces the driver to have to unstick them before they can be used, if a vehicle isn’t equipped with a de-icer.
Ford’s windshield wiper de-icer works much like traditional rear window defrost systems, as the base of the windshield where the wiper blades rest is equipped with a local heating element. The system is designed to clear light snow and ice from the wiper blades in under 10 minutes at minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit.
Owners are able to use SYNC Connect to activate the windshield wiper de-icer from their smartphone on the FordPass app and schedule a specific time to start their vehicle remotely so it will be ready to hit the road, de-iced and warmed up. The feature eliminates the need to pull wiper blades away from the vehicle when parking outside at night, and keeps streaks of water and ice from forming across the windshield when the wipers are in use.
In recent months, Ford has eliminated the windshield wiper de-icer feature from a number of its vehicles, including the 2021 Ford Expedition, as Ford Authority reported last fall, the 2021 Ford Super Duty (as reported last fall), 2021 Lincoln Nautilus (as reported last fall), and 2021 Ford Ranger (as reported last fall).