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The Small Truck Is Expected To Make Its Full Debut This Year

2022 Ford Maverick Small Pickup Truck Spy Photos OTX

Somebody inside the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico seems to have nabbed a photo of a prototype 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck running down the assembly line, where it was then uploaded to Facebook and shared on a group page. There it is, everybody. The Bronco Sport-sized truck destined to slot below the mid-sized Ranger in the Ford lineup. Thankfully, it’s not at all dinky looking, and in kind of reminds us of the 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck. But this little guy is likely destined for lighter, more maneuverable types of work.

MC&T first pointed out that Ford Motor Company is planning to reveal a “white space” vehicle this year, and it seems like the truck’s official debut is just around the corner at this point. The 2022 Ford Maverick is expected to ride on the same C2 platform as the newly launched Ford Bronco Sport, and may even see a bit of Ford Transit Connect in its chassis, as well.

The Ford C2 platform supports all-wheel-drive, but the 2022 Ford Maverick is expected to have front wheel drive as standard, with AWD as the upgrade, so there’s no reason to worry about all-weather usability. We believe that its base engine will be the 162 hp/144 lb-ft 2.0L four-cylinder found in the Transit Connect. The 181 hp/190 lb-ft 1.5L three cylinder turbo in the Bronco Sport is rumored to be the upgrade, likely paired with AWD.

2022 Ford Maverick small pickup truck
Image via Facebook.

Previous spy shots have revealed that the 2022 Ford Maverick will be very reminiscent of the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. The HVAC controls, audio buttons and screen all look like they may be lifted from the Bronco Sport, but it still has a different overall design and layout in comparison. Most interesting is the dashboard trim, which is a cool speckled white and gray material. The test prototype also has Ford’s now familiar rotary transmission selector. A manual transmission is also rumored, but details remain unclear at this time.

Forum threads that originated last year claim that Ford is preparing for an estimated sales volume of around 100,000 units within its first model year. When that time comes, the Ford Maverick will launch with one body style: a four-door crew cab. Proportionally, the Ford Maverick could be a full 2 feet shorter in length than the midsize Ford Ranger, pointing to a stocky truck bed. If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s also going to be a unibody truck. Such vehicles are sold all over around the world, and a recent example is the Fiat Strada and Ram 700.

Ford Maverick
Image via Ford


Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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