As most are well aware by now, the 2022 Ford Maverick comes equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, no matter which trim one opts for. This isn’t necessarily what most would consider small, given the fact that 8 inches is exactly how large the largest Ford F-150 infotainment screen was prior to the launch of the all-new 2021 model. Regardless, we here at Ford Authority were going through press materials for the Ford Maverick recently, and noticed something interesting – it seems as if the truck’s design team originally envisioned giving the Maverick a larger touchscreen.
Given how enormous infotainment screens have gotten in recent years, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s notable, nonetheless. In these design sketches for the Ford Maverick, we can see a big difference in that regard, as the screen depicted here is quite a bit larger than the production unit. The screen is also tacked on the dash to make it look as if it’s “floating,” which is a popular treatment on a lot of new vehicles these days.
Other than the bigger screen, these sketches depict an interior design that is largely very similar to the production pickup’s. However, the screen’s original design looks more like a tablet with no bezels, quite a departure from what wound up making the cut in the 2022 Ford Maverick.
As Ford Authority reported last July, base XL and XLT Maverick models don’t come equipped with SYNC 3, but rather, what the automaker calls the Connected Touch Radio. This unit lacks SYNC 3, but does offer a variety of features including 911 Assist, Applink, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Pickups that do come with SYNC 3 give users the ability to change radio stations, Sirius XM channels, and climate settings using their voice, as well as their use phones wirelessly to make calls and have text messages read back to them. With Ford making the switch to a Google-based operating system starting in 2023, it is possible that the Maverick will get a larger screen in the coming years, however.