Production of the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup is set to begin this July at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.
General Motors’ Dearborn-based rival actually started building the first examples of its new compact pickup truck back in February, however those were only pre-production meant for development and testing purposes. The vehicles that will roll off the assembly line in Mexico this summer will be production-ready and will be distributed to Ford dealerships across North America.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will be positioned beneath the Ford Ranger in the automaker’s truck lineup and will start at under $20,000. The truck shares the unibody Ford C2 platform with the Ford Bronco Sport and will come standard with front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive will also be available as an option, with these models integrating an independent rear suspension system in place of the FWD model’s twist beam setup. Power will come from either a turbocharged 1.5L I-3 or a turbocharged 2.0L I-4, both of which will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A naturally aspirated 2.0L I4 is a possibility for entry-level variants, while an eco-friendly hybrid model is set to arrive at some point as well.
Ford is also hoping to appease budget-friendly off-road enthusiasts with the 2022 Maverick and is rumored to be plotting a more capable model called the Maverick Timberline.
As we noted previously, General Motors does not currently have a direct rival to the 2022 Ford Maverick. Chevy is planning a compact unibody pickup based on the GM GEM (Global Emerging Markets) platform, however it doesn’t seem as though it will be offered in North America. The smallest trucks in GM’s portfolio are the mid-size Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, which compete with the Ford Ranger.
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This story was written in collaboration with our sister site, Ford Authority.