- this is our best look yet at the 2022 ford maverick small pickup truck.
- it's a crew-cab model with a unibody construction, and it'll likely be around the same size as the bronco sport but with a pickup bed.
- expect to hear more about the maverick later this year, as it's expected to arrive for the 2022 model year.
now that we know ford has already begun production of a new small pickup truck, we're starting to learn a lot more about what will likely become the 2022 ford maverick. these spy photos show off the new model from various angles, and we can see that it will be a crew-cab pickup with a friendly-looking face.
the photos also appear to confirm that the maverick shares its underpinnings with the escape and bronco sport crossovers. an independent rear suspension setup is clearly visible. this prototype also has the same 17-inch falken wildpeak all-terrain tires that are available on the bronco sport badlands. it is also being built in the same factory in mexico as the bronco sport.
the maverick's short bed is attached to the cab, as this truck features a unibody construction like the honda ridgeline and upcoming hyundai santa cruz. but those models are both based on mid-size suvs, whereas the bronco sport is a compact suv, so the maverick will be smaller.
because of its shared platform, we expect that the bronco sport's powertrains will carry over to the maverick, too. the optional 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is a sure bet, with the 180-hp 1.5-liter inline-three possible for a cheaper base version of the maverick. all-wheel drive will likely be standard, with a front-wheel-drive model possible.
the maverick should be significantly smaller than the ranger, and cheaper as well. ford has previously talked about a sub-$20,000 starting price but we're not sure if that's still in the cards. we think a base price of around $25,000 is more likely.