Back in February, Ford Authority exclusively reported that the 2022 Ford Maverick will eventually be available with an off-road-oriented trim, which could potentially be called Timberline like the new 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline and forthcoming Ford Expedition variants. Then, back in June, we imagined what a sporty, performance-focused 2022 Ford Maverick might look like. As it turns out, there is some demand for both of these Maverick variants as well, leaving the door open for either to come to fruition.
“We’re seeing a lot of the chatter online about that,” Ford Maverick Marketing Manager, Trevor Scott, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview. “It’s almost always one of the first things you see, is people asking ‘where is the ST, the RS version?’ We’ll continue to monitor that to see if there is an opportunity.”
An off-road-focused version of the Ford Maverick, beyond what The Blue Oval includes with the FX4 Off-Road Package, seems like a foregone conclusion, given the immense popularity most any kind of rugged vehicle enjoys these days. Just look at the Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport, for example, not to mention the Ford Ranger Tremor and Raptor, the Ford F-150 Tremor and Raptor, or the Ford Super Duty Tremor. Every Blue Oval pickup in production today offers at least one off-road-focused model, so why not the Maverick, too?
The Maverick Timberline is expected to follow the formula set by the Explorer Timberline, which means a unique suspension tune and wheels, beefier Pirelli Scorpion tires, orange accents, Timberline badging, and revised front and rear fascias that improve approach and departure angles.
The hypothetical Maverick ST could take a similar approach to models like the Ford Edge ST and Ford Explorer ST, incorporating a performance-tuned suspension, larger wheels with sticky tires, red ST badges, and blacked-out trim into Ford’s compact pickup. Ford has a bevy of engine choices for its hotter version of the Maverick, including the 2.3L EcoBoost I-4, which makes 295 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in its current guise.
Ford CEO Jim Farley recently expressed his desire to see the Maverick grow into a family of its own one day, just as the Ford Bronco and Ford Mustang already have, so it seems like a foregone conclusion that either of these Maverick variants will eventually come to fruition, but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.