After quickly earning “icon” status at The Blue Oval, the Ford Maverick lineup is a virtual lock to receive additional variants in the coming years. As Ford Authority reported last August, those could include a street performance-focused ST and/or an off-road oriented model, the latter of which has been potentially spotted in prototype form on multiple occasions by Ford Authority spies. Now, those same spies have spotted what appears to be a 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor out driving around completely uncovered, which could be a sign that such a model is imminent.
There are many obvious clues that lead us to believe that this is, in fact, a 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor, starting up front. There, we can see this prototype’s orange-painted tow hooks and grille accents, along with a different lower fascia that has seemingly been altered to improve the pickup’s approach angle. There’s also some new gray trim around the headlights and front grille as well.
This prototype features a taller ride height and also appears to be equipped with the same Falken Wildpeak tires as the Maverick with the FX4 Off-Road Package, though the wheels are silver-painted versions of the 17-inch blacked-out versions that come with that package, albeit with an orange-painted pocket to boot. Generally, the FX4 package cannot be paired with the Tremor package with other pickups in FoMoCo’s lineup, but it’s possible that this may be the case with the Maverick.
In the rear, this prototype features smoked-out taillights, which wrap up the obvious differences between it and any existing production Maverick. But while the orange accents appear to be a dead giveaway that this is, indeed, a Maverick Tremor, this pickup is also wearing an orange Lariat badge, which likely means that it’s equipped with that particular trim and the Tremor Off-Road Package, which is optional on Ford Ranger XLT and Lariat trims.
In addition to these changes, it’s also possible that a 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor could include additional modifications such as the twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that comes as standard equipment in the Ford Bronco Sport Badlands, which shares the Ford C2 Platform with the Maverick. Regardless, we should know more about this mysterious vehicle soon, as 2023 Maverick order banks are set to open on August 2nd, 2022, as Ford Authority reported earlier this month.