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First Look 2022 Ford Maverick

The all-new Ford Maverick is the first standard hybrid pickup in Canada and the most fuel-efficient truck on the market.

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Ford has revealed the first true compact pickup it will build in a decade. The 2022 Ford Maverick fits the footprint of a small car and boasts the highest fuel economy rating of any truck in Canada. Ford once built a compact Ranger but retired it after the 2011 model year and brought that name back in 2019 for a larger mid-size truck. This year, Hyundai revealed its compact pickup, the Santa Cruz, that will go on sale this summer.

The new Maverick is small enough that it may not win many buyers from other trucks. But those who like the utility of a pickup but don’t want the proportions now have two small trucks to choose from. Of course, it’s hard to compare the Maverick and the Santa Cruz without knowing the price of the Hyundai. But early observations say the Maverick may be the more off-road capable of the pair and provide better fuel economy in standard form.

“The Maverick product proposition is like nothing else out there. It’s a great-looking truck featuring four doors with room for five adults, a standard full-hybrid engine with city fuel economy that beats a Honda Civic, plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects, and it starts under $26,000 in Canada,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager.

 

What’s new?

Ford says, the 2022 Ford Maverick shares its genes with its full-size F-150 and mid-size Ranger truck siblings. Curiously, its doors don’t use the same drop-down design for added visibility that larger Ford trucks do. Instead, a character line beneath the windows pays homage to that look.  The headlights and grille together stretch wide enough to cover the entire front fascia.

The Maverick comes only in a 4-door, 5-passenger configuration. The bed is just 4.5 feet long—longer than Santa Cruz’s bed but shorter than any truck currently on the market. Ford says engineers worked to make it as functional as possible, though. The sides of the bed are entirely covered in durable plastic material.

The truck’s tailgate normally opens to 90 degrees but also has a halfway-open position that allows the gate to support up to 18 sheets of 4×8-foot 3/4-inch plywood without needing to angle the panels. Ford says that the Maverick sits low enough that almost any size adult can reach over and grab items off the bed floor. In addition, a 120-volt outlet in the bed and another in the cabin can charge devices or power corded tools.

The Maverick's standard gas-electric hybrid powertrain marries a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine to an electric motor, combining for 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) drives the front wheels. Ford says it's targeting a fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 800 kilometres of range on a single tank of gas. It offers a standard payload of 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) and the volume to carry a typical ATV, plus it can tow 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms)—enough for a pair of personal watercraft or a good-sized pop-up camper trailer.

Those who need more power can step up to an optional 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. That motor uses an 8-speed automatic transmission and is available with front- or all-wheel-drive (AWD). It keeps the same payload capacity but increases towing capacity to 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms)—enough to tow a small boat or weekend travel trailer.

Inside, an 8-inch centre touchscreen is standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. 

 

What’s the same?

The 2022 Ford Maverick is built on the same uni-body chassis as the Escape and Bronco Sport small SUVs. That means it isn’t a body-on-frame setup like Ford’s other trucks and may mean it can’t quite keep up with the Ranger and F-150 off-road. But the Maverick should still be capable of handling most light off-road challenges, like the Bronco Sport. Ford was quick to point out that higher Maverick trim levels have optional off-road equipment not available on Hyundai’s small truck.

 

When will it go on sale?

The 2022 Ford Maverick goes on sale this fall. The build and price website is live at Ford.ca. Orders can be placed now. It will be offered in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. An FX4 package available for AWD XLT and Lariat versions adds more off-road capability with rugged all-terrain tires and suspension tuning, additional underbody protection, and off-road-focused drive modes like Mud/Rut and Sand, as well as the addition of Hill Descent Control.

 

How much will it cost?

Beyond the announced starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail price of $25,900 in Canada for the base, front-wheel-drive trim, pricing for higher terms will be announced closer to the Maverick’s fall on-sale date this fall.

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