With plenty of 2022 Ford Maverick owners modifying those pickups in a variety of different ways, a forthcoming slew of new variants seems like a foregone conclusion at this point. As Ford Authority exclusively reported over a year ago, a more rugged version of the Maverick is in the works, perhaps a Tremor or Timberline model, while Ford hasn’t ruled out either on- or off-road focused versions of the compact pickup, either. Judging by how good this 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat owned by Gene Santiago looks, the latter of those two offerings sure seems like it would have a lot of appeal.
Santiago has enhanced his Area 51 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat in a number of ways, starting with a Rough Country two-inch lift kit to give it a little extra ground clearance for a rather modest retail price of $199.95. The lift kit comes with front upper strut spacers made from steel and finished in black powder coating, along with pre-load spacers and rear coil spring spacers and takes around 3-4 hours to install.
That lift kit makes room for a larger set of wheels and tires as well, and that’s precisely what Santiago went with next – a set of satin black Reika R20 Teton wheels measuring 17×8 inches with a +20 offset. The traditional five-spoke design looks great on the 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat and adds more of a rugged appearance to the mix while also filling out the wheel wells. The new wheels are wrapped in similarly beefy-looking Mickey Thompson Deep Digger tires measuring 265/70.
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Those few modifications certainly transform the look of the Maverick completely, giving it more of a truck-like stance befitting of, well, a truck, even if this one doesn’t feature traditional body-on-frame construction.