The 2022 Ford Maverick is currently nearing the end of its production run after a slightly extended session designed to churn out more examples, so The Blue Oval can fulfil as many orders as possible. Unfortunately, the ongoing chip shortage and supply chain crisis prevented the automaker from producing as many as it could, so it is scrambling to make up for lost time. Despite the imminent switchover to the 2023 model, the company decided to introduce a new change to the lineup that impacts one of the two keys included with certain models, likely as a way to deliver as many pickups as possible.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the 2022 Ford Maverick XL and XLT will come with a new depopulated key that eliminates the keyless entry functionality. The change only impacts one key fob, so owners will still get one fob with keyless entry and perimeter alarm functions. However, the other key will now lack the ability to lock and unlock doors, although it will retain the ability to active the alarm via the panic button. The change is currently packaged as a required option, meaning all XL and XLT models produced after a certain date will feature the new fob. 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat pickups are not impacted by this latest change.
The 2022 Ford Maverick lineup was impacted by another mandatory feature removal earlier this year. As Ford Authority previously reported, the Maverick no longer boasts 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, a production change that spread throughout the Ford lineup to include many of The Blue Oval’s current product offerings. Unfortunately, the 2023 Maverick will also be heavily impacted by the ongoing supply chain crisis, judging by the extensive list of features and packages the company said will delay production. The current list includes almost every option and package throughout the lineup, including the XLT Luxury and Lariat Luxury packages, the all-new Tremor Off-Road Package, and the Co-Pilot360 Package.