The 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup has made its official debut, arriving with a standard hybrid powertrain and a low base price of just $19,995.
Ford says the Maverick is the truck “for people who never knew they wanted a truck,” combining the capability and practicality of a pickup with the fuel efficiency and maneuverability of a crossover. This five passenger, four-door truck comes standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, which is paired with a CVT and front-wheel-drive. An in-house-designed and manufactured electric traction motor assists the 2.5L engine, combining for a maximum output of 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. This combination offers a standard payload of 1,500 pounds, along with a max towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.
Buyers can also opt for a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder, which makes 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel-drive, while all-wheel-drive is available for extra. An optional 4K Tow Package is also offered, doubling the conventional towing capacity to 4,000 lbs.
Inside, the Ford Maverick will come standard with an eight-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with FordPass Connect onboard Wi-Fi. The truck also comes standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of safety features, which includes standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Automatic High Beam Headlamps. Available active safety options include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Centering and Evasive Steering Assist. There are also five standard drive modes, including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Tow/Haul.
Ford has also integrated some unique storage solutions into the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed, as well, such as stamped-in slots in the bed for 2x4s or 2x6s, two tie-down points, four D-rings and built-in threaded holes for aftermarket modular solutions.
“The whole bed is a DIY fan’s paradise,” explains Ford engineer Keith Daugherty. “You can buy the bolt-in Ford cargo management system and we’re happy to sell it to you, but if you’re a bit more creative, you can also just go to the hardware store and get some C-channel and bolt it to the bed to make your own solutions.”
The 2022 Ford Maverick will also launch with a limited-run First Edition package, which is based on the range-topping Lariat trim level and adds unique hood and door graphics, gloss black painted roof, a soft tonneau cover, body color door handles and either gloss black 18-inch machined wheels for hybrid models or 17-inch alloys for 2.0L models. The First Edition will be offered in three unique exterior colors, as well, including Carbonized Gray, Area 51 and Rapid Red.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will go on sale in the United States and Canada this fall, with prices starting at $19,995. The pickup will be built at the Ford Hermosillo plant in Mexico alongside the new Ford Bronco Sport crossover. Ford has already launched its online configurator for the Maverick and is accepting reservations for the First Edition model now.
General Motors has no plans that we know of to enter the compact truck market in North America. As of this writing, the smallest pickups offered by GM in the U.S. are the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks.