The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick is basically official. This pickup truck will be a compact model that will reach the global markets. A source close to Ford confirmed that the brand is working on a new nameplate, and it is a small pickup. It makes perfect sense as the Blue Oval lacks compact models in this segment.
The idea is to create a unibody pickup that will be based on the Focus Wagon model. The official confirmation is still awaited, but many reports are convinced that this will happen. However, a new model could arrive under a different name, so Maverick is not guaranteed as some sources reported.
2022 Maverick Looks Small and Bronco-Like
After the latest leaked photos, the design of the 2022 Ford Maverick is available. This compact pickup will offer large MAVERICK letterings on the tailgate. Previous stories speculated that Ford would make a “Baby Bronco” pickup. It seems that this pickup will be the Maverick model. However, previous reports are not far from the truth. This model will share a lot of things with Bronco Sport SUV.
For that reason, Maverick could become a member of the Bronco family and even wear Bronco’s name. This model will be a unibody pickup based on the Bronco Sport. On the other hand, Ford will deliver a lot of unique stuff. Maverick will be a reliable off-roader, so expect plenty of off-road equipment.
Interior is Closer to the Escape Crossover
At this moment, the interior of the 2022 Ford Maverick is a total mystery. However, many reports are suggesting an Escape-based interior. That means Ford will deliver a recognizable floating screen. The same dials and button arrangements are also on the cards.
Of course, this is not official, and the story is based on the latest speculations. Maverick won’t be as premium as Escape, but the idea of similar interior design is here. Maverick is a pickup truck, so expect a more practical cabin with less high-tech amenities.
Two EcoBoost Engine Choices
Another thing that will be the same as in the Bronco Sport SUV is the engine lineup. The 2022 Ford Maverick will utilize 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines. Both units are turbocharged, and the power will go through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For a compact pickup such as Maverick, these engines are providing enough power.
A 1.5-liter can produce 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Not bad, but if you want more power, a 2.0-liter generates 250 hp. Some rumors are predicting a hybrid version that will use the same setup as Escape crossover. That is unlikely to happen, at least in the first years of production.
2022 Ford Maverick Price and Release Date
Reportedly, Blue Oval plans to offer its 2022 Ford Maverick as an affordable sub-Ranger alternative. For that reason, the price will start around $20,000. The sales will begin next year, at some point. Moreover, Maverick could be firstly sold in Brazil.
As we said, Ford will sell this compact pickup truck globally. Interestingly, Volkswagen and Hyundai are also working on a new small pickup with an affordable starting price.