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The 2022 Ford Maverick Challenges The Status Quo

The 2022 Ford Maverick Challenges The Status Quo

In what seems to be a trend for Ford, another name from the past has been resurrected. This time the Maverick, a sedan from the 1970s here or an SUV from Europe in the 1990s. This 2022 Ford Maverick is altogether different as it’s a small truck.


Of all the words in all the world, I wonder why Ford is repeating the same old ones over and over. Regardless of the why, the what is a new small truck that delivers on the needs of now.


“Maverick challenges the status quo and the stereotypes of what a pickup truck can be,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “We believe it will be compelling to a lot of people who never before considered a truck.”


The Maverick truck


The 2022 Ford Maverick uses the same platform as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport. It’s a unibody platform with an angular design, familiar grille with a novel horizontal chrome bar running through it, unfussy body panels, a decent sized cab and load bed.


It’s a decent looking truck but won’t be troubling the F-150 or Bronco for appearance that’s for sure.


It’s a double cab with decent passenger space and a 1371mm truck bed. There looks to be plenty of space in the cabin and that load bed should be plenty enough for small loads.


Inside, a simple but effective layout means you’re riding in comfort within a simple cabin that won’t leave you wanting. It’s like many modern Fords. It uses a single touchscreen in the centre and clear instruments in front of the driver.


There isn’t a lot to see but that’s a good thing, like other vehicles in Ford’s range.


Under the hood


Under the hood of the 2022 Ford Maverick is a 2.5-litre four cylinder with electric motor in mild hybrid configuration. It delivers 191 hp and should get 40 mpg. There is also a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four cylinder that makes 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.


The hybrid uses a CVT transmission while the EcoBoost uses an 8 speed automatic.


Trucks are front or all wheel drive depending on the engine you choose.


The hybrid Maverick will be able to carry up to 680kg and tow 910kg. The standard engine increases towing to 1800kg. That’s a lot less than the Ranger or F-150 but probably plenty enough for the target market, which is light users.


That target market is city or suburban dwellers who don’t want a truck but want the convenience of a truck. It can haul DIY stuff, tow an ATV or jet ski and carry the kids in back.


It’s not designed to be a work truck like the others, more a part-time hauler and part-time daily driver for people who don’t want to own a full size truck.


For that we think the 2022 Ford Maverick could be ideal.


The 2022 Ford Maverick goes on sale in the fall 2021 with order books open now for reservations. Make yours today at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.


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