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Rumors have been rife about Ford’s decision to revive the name “Ford Maverick” for the 2022 model year. But don’t look for the little sport coupe of the seventies. This time, Ford will use the name to introduce a new pickup into the family.
For the moment, information is only coming in dribs and drabs. We know that the automaker is planning to introduce a 2022 Ford Maverick, as the name has been officially registered in America. But the new vehicle is expected to be under a totally different format.
To date, a few spy shots of the 2022 Ford Maverick have been circulating on the internet. Based on these camouflaged vehicles, it appears that the new pickup will be in a small format, taking its place just below the Ranger in the Ford lineup.
However, unlike the Ranger, this new pickup will likely feature unibody construction. Rumor has it that the 2022 Ford Maverick will be smaller in width and shorter in height than the Ranger, but will be more or less the same length. It may very well be built on the same platform as the Ford Escape, Bronco Sport and Lincoln Corsair.
However, it won’t be as geared toward off-road use as those vehicles and won’t offer the same level of towing capacity. We also estimate that the purchase price will be more affordable.
There are plenty of rumors flying around regarding the powertrain of the 2022 Ford Maverick. We believe that it might be equipped with Ford’s 1.5 L three-cylinder EcoBoost Dragon or optionally with the 2.0 L inline four-cylinder EcoBoost. Both engines would probably be paired with Ford’s new eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Maverick might also be equipped with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive and front-wheel drive could be on the menu, as well. But at this point, everything is pure speculation.
The 2022 Ford Maverick may be put together on the same assembly line as the Bronco Sport, at the plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. However, we’ll have to wait until the end of 2021 before the model makes its appearance on our roads. And as always, your Pinard Ford dealership is the place to go for all the latest details.