Just weeks after announcing the new 2022 F-150 Lightning all-electric pickup, Ford has announced an all-new entry in the compact truck market. The 2022 Maverick slots underneath the Ranger in size and is aimed at buyers who need the capability of a truck but not the large size. At one time small trucks were a common sight on U.S. roadways, but over time manufacturers bumped up even small trucks to what was once considered nearly full-size a few decades ago. With the Maverick, Ford recognizes that there is a small truck market niche that needs to be filled.
Like the Honda Ridgeline, the Maverick is a unibody truck. Without a traditional separate frame, Ford could further reduce weight while putting strength into the unibody where necessary. The Maverick is also front wheel drive in standard configuration, with AWD as an option. Looking back in Ford truck history, the first gen Ranger SuperCab (which many consider a mini truck) measured roughly 194″ long and 67″ wide. The Maverick comes in at 200″ long and 73″ wide, just a bit larger than the old Ranger. Given the much higher modern safety standards while still seating five, the diminutive Maverick packs a lot in a rather small space. With this small size comes an impressive fuel-sipping estimated 40 miles-per-gallon city EPA rating, likely thanks to the standard hybrid drivetrain. The Maverick should appeal to those who do a lot of city driving but may have never considered owning a truck due to the usual large size.
Despite the small size Maverick touts an impressive 1,500 pound payload capacity. In standard configuration towing is rated at 2,000 pounds, but checking the “4k Tow Package” option box doubles the rating to 4,000 pounds. The “4k Tow Package” is only available with the EcoBoost engine drivetrain. Out back the FLEXBED™ truck bed is designed as a “jack of all trades” space. Ford includes various slots, tie-downs, D-rings, and even threaded holes that drivers can use in any combination to secure cargo. Ford also has bolt-in cargo management solutions like side-mounted bins. With tailgate up the bed measures 4.5-feet long, but dropping the tailgate and using the optional bed extender brings bed length to 6-feet. Like many trucks on the market today, the Maverick can also be outfitted with 110-volt plugs in the bed.
Ford isn’t skimping on the driver-assist technology with its Co-Pilot360™ system on the Maverick. Standard safety tech includes auto high-beams, rear-view camera, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning with dynamic brake support. Optional safety tech includes cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and even evasive steering assist. On the entertainment front an 8″ touchscreen infotainment system is standard, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.
For now the 2022 Ford Maverick is available to reserve with a predicted Fall 2021 delivery date. Stay tuned for a more in-depth real-world review once press vehicles are accessible to the media.
2022 Maverick SuperCrew Specifications:
Drivetrain – Standard (PHEV)
- Engine Type: Atkinson cycle DOHC I-4
- Engine Displacement: 2.5 liters
- Engine Horsepower: 162@ 5,600 rpm
- Engine Torque: 155 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rp
- Transmission: PowerSplit: Electronic continuously variable transmission
- Final Drive Ratio: 2.91:1
- Hybrid Motor Type: Permanent magnet electric traction
- Motor Peak Output: 94kW
- Motor Peak Torque Output: 173 lb.-ft.
Drivetrain – Optional
- Engine Type: EcoBoost DOHC I-4
- Engine Displacement: 2.0 liters
- Engine Horsepower: 250@ 5,500 rpm
- Engine Torque: 277lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rp
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic
- Final Drive Ratio: 3.63:1 standard/3.81:1 with 4K Trailer Tow Package
- Length: 199.7”
- Width: 72.6”
- Height: 68.7”
- Bed Length: 54.4”
- Cargo box: 33.3 cu. ft.
- Payload (maximum): 1,500lbs.
- Standard: 2,000 lbs.
- EcoBoost with 4K Tow Package: 4,000lbs.
- 17-in. steel wheel painted Sparkle Silver (XL)
- 17-in. painted aluminum wheel (XLT)
- 18-in. bright aluminum wheel (Lariat)
- 17-in. aluminum wheel (available on XL and XLT)
- 17-in. unique aluminum wheel (included in FX4 Off-Road Package on XLT and Lariat)
- 18-in. black painted wheel (Lariat)
- Front: Disc (with additional regenerative braking system on hybrid model)
- Rear: Disc (with additional regenerative braking system on hybrid model)
- Head room: 40.3″ front / 39.6″ rear
- Leg room (max.) : 42.8″ front / 35.9″ rear
- Hip room: 55.4″ front / 54.1″ rear
- Shoulder room: 57.3″ front / 55.6″ rear
- Seating Capacity: 5
- 2022 Maverick XL Hybrid- $19,995
- 2022 Maverick XL EcoBoost- $19,995
- 2022 Maverick XLT Hybrid – $22,280
- 2022 Maverick XLT EcoBoost- $23,365
- 2022 Maverick Lariat Hybrid – $25,490
- 2022 Maverick Lariat EcoBoost- $26,575
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