Ford’s SUV-truck lineup for 2022 includes new Maverick small truck
Ford Motor Co. continues to offer its most-comprehensive lineup of trucks and sport-utility vehicles ever, with a large variety to choose among in the 2022 model year.
For 2022, Ford has introduced its new Maverick compact pickup, which is the lowest-priced new pickup and one of the lowest-priced new vehicles overall for sale in the U.S. market.
Just last year, Ford reintroduced its Bronco full-size sport-utility vehicle after a nearly quarter-century absence, including the reincarnation of the classic two-door model, and the first four-door version ever.
Also in the lineup is the all-new Bronco Sport, a compact crossover with many of its big brothers’ styling cues, including four-wheel-drive systems for off-road adventuring.
These are the flagships of Ford’s current collection of sport utility and crossover utility vehicles, which also include the full-size Expedition SUV, midsize Explorer SUV, midsize Edge crossover, compact Escape crossover, subcompact EcoSport crossover, and special Mustang Mach-E all-electric compact crossover.
All of these are joined in the lineup by the Ford truck collection, which includes the best-selling F-150 full-size half-ton pickup, three-quarter-ton F-series Super Duty pickups, the midsize Ranger pickup, and the new Maverick.
The all-new Ford Maverick for 2022 revives an old nameplate, but this time it’s not an economy car, it’s an economy hybrid truck, staring at $20,000.
Maverick is a five-passenger, four-door pickup, with a full-hybrid powertrain and a projected EPA-estimated rating of 40 mpg city fuel economy and 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas.
It’s a car-based compact truck with a unibody design and the first pickup in America with a standard full-hybrid powertrain.
The 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid powertrain delivers 191 horsepower when combined with the electric motor, and 155 foot-pounds of torque. Standard is a continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels.
It features an in-house-designed and manufactured electric traction motor, and has estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg city and 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas.
There is a standard payload of 1,500 pounds and the volume to carry a standard ATV, plus it has the capability to tow 2,000 pounds — enough for a pair of personal watercraft or a pop-up camper trailer.
Those who want more capability can upgrade to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine delivering 250 horsepower and 277 foot-pounds of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.
Equipped with the optional 4K Tow Package, conventional towing doubles to 4,000 pounds with the 2.0-liter engine.
Ford rolled out the re-invented Bronco full-size sport-utility vehicle last year after a nearly 25-year absence, including the classic two-door version and the first four-door model.
They are the flagships of an all-new family of rugged Ford off-road vehicles.
Ford says the new, all four-wheel-drive Bronco brand is “Built Wild and ready to deliver thrilling experiences with its heritage-inspired style, engineering and smart off-road technology, plus innovative features to help outdoor enthusiasts create adventures in the most remote corners of the world.”
The big Broncos are traditional body-on-frame truck-style SUVs, based on the F-150 pickup architecture. But the Bronco Sport is a unibody vehicle based on the Ford Escape compact crossover.
Bronco owners can choose from an extensive lineup of more than 200 factory-backed accessories for maximum personalization, enabling dealers to provide outfitting-on-demand for each customer’s individual adventure needs.
Up to seven driver-selectable modes are offered including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Sand, with Baja, Mud/Ruts and Rock Crawl for off-road driving. Two 4×4 systems are offered on all Bronco models, a base version with a two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case, and an optional advanced system with a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with auto mode.
The big Broncos have best-in-class 11.6-inch ground clearance, maximum 29-degree breakover angle and 37.2-degree departure angle, plus best-in-class water fording capability of up to 33.5 inches.
Ford Bronco Sport
Last year, Ford revived its legendary Bronco line of sport-utility vehicles, and like the brand’s recent history, there are two distinctly different sizes based on different underpinnings.
Besides the one called simply the Bronco — a full-size sport-utility based on the architecture of the F-150 pickup.
But there is also the Bronco Sport, which is smaller and significantly different. It’s a unibody-style “crossover” utility vehicle based on the architecture of the compact Ford Escape. It’s not like the previous generation’s Bronco II, which was a body-on-frame SUV based on Ford’s compact pickup.
The Bronco Sport could be considered the “Pepsi Light” of the Bronco lineup, but it does come with standard four-wheel drive and some light off-road capabilities, even though it isn’t quite the same as its bigger sibling.
There are four Bronco Sport trim levels, starting with the Base model at around $27,000, and ranging as high as about $33,000 for the top-of-the-line Badlands model. In between are the Big Bend (about $28,400) and the Outer Banks ($32,200).
Although it’s essentially a car underneath, the Bronco Sport does share some of the big Broncos’ styling cues, and its four-wheel-drive systems are suited to some quasi-serious off-road adventuring.
Two engines are available. The base engine, which comes in the Base, Big Bend and Outer Banks models, is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline three-cylinder, producing 181 horsepower and 190 foot-pounds of torque.
Standard in the Badlands and First Edition models is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, cranking out 245 horsepower and 275 foot-pounds of torque.
Both engines run on gasoline, and come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission in the Badlands and First Edition models also has Ford’s SelectShift manual-shift capability, with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Ford introduced an entirely new Mustang concept for 2021, the Mach-E, an all-electric sport utility vehicle with a rear hatch. Ford says it can go up to 300 miles on a single battery charge, depending on the version.
Mustang enthusiasts are somewhat confused about the idea of the iconic muscle car’s name going onto a family vehicle, but the traditional Mustang coupe and convertible models continue on in the Ford lineup.
The Mach-E starts at just under $43,000, not including an available $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles.
Ford’s popular F-150 light-duty pickup got a major redesign just last year, along with its first-available full-hybrid drive system.
The optional 3.5-liter V-6 PowerBoost hybrid powertrain produces 430 horsepower and 570 foot-pounds of torque, the most torque ever in an F-150.
With power upgrades to the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, the F-150 equipped with that engine can tow up to 14,000 pounds, 800 pounds more than the 2020 model.
Ford says the F-150 has a “customer-focused” design that makes the truck more productive and more connected, with standard over-the-air updates, touch screens, and Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology, along with available Interior Work Surface, Tailgate Work Surface and class-exclusive Max Recline Seats.
F-150 is built on a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and box.
There are six engine options, including a 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel V-6 with 250 horsepower and 440 foot-pounds of torque.
Base is a 3.3-liter normally aspirated gasoline V-6 with 290 horsepower and 265 foot-pounds of torque.
Also offered are a 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with 325 horsepower and 400 foot-pounds of torque; the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with 400 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque; and a normally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 with 400 horsepower and 410 foot-pounds of torque. All come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Trim levels include XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. An FX4 off-road package is offered on most four-wheel-drive models.
Coming early next year is the new high-performance F-150 Lightning version.
Ford’s long-running, best-selling SUV, the venerable Explorer, was completely redesigned for the 2020 model year with lighter, leaner, stronger construction and the broadest Explorer lineup ever, Ford said.
It also switched back to standard rear-wheel drive from the last generation’s front drive. Four-wheel drive is optional. A hybrid version has been added to the lineup, as well.
The Platinum model now has even more technology and comforts for both driver and passengers, including an available 10.1-inch portrait-mounted touch screen with full-screen maps, traffic-sensing Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist, and available Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0.
Also, from Ford Performance, is the all-new Explorer ST, the most-powerful Explorer to date. Its specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine is projected to produce 400 horsepower and 415 foot-pounds of torque, giving it a top track speed of 143 mph.
The Explorer Hybrid’s 3.3-liter engine and electric motor produce 318 system horsepower combined. The hybrid version is projected to return an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles between fill-ups in rear-wheel-drive configuration.
Other features of the new Explorer include a 10-speed automatic transmission, available Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive plus a Terrain Management System featuring seven selectable drive modes.
Three rows of seating are standard, with a capacity of up to seven passengers, including two in the third row, which can even accommodate adults.
Prices start around $37,000.
The Ford Expedition full-size sport utility vehicle is available in two lengths.
The regular Expedition is 210 inches long, with prices ranging from about $53,000 for the base XLT to $73,000 for the top-of-the-line Platinum. In between is the Limited, at $64,000.
The longer Expedition Max, at 221.9 inches, comes in the same three trim levels, beginning at $56,000 for the XLT and topping out at $74,000 for the Platinum.
Under the hood of all models is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque, and standard automatic stop-start.
It’s connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. A new electronic limited-slip differential will be included on models with the optional intelligent four-wheel drive.
Towing capacity is 9,300 pounds for the regular Expedition, and 9,200 pounds for the Max.
Ford’s Ranger midsize pickup reappeared three years ago after an eight-year hiatus, taking on the recently re-introduced Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon models, among others.
The new Tremor Off-Road Package introduced on the 2021 Ranger created the most off-road-ready factory-built Ranger ever offered in the U.S., adding a new level of all-terrain capability without sacrificing the everyday drivability, payload and towing capacity Ranger owners expect.
Ranger Tremor features a lifted suspension with off-road tuned FOX 2.0 monotube dampers and rear piggyback reservoirs, specially tuned front coil-over and rear leaf springs, 32-inch Continental General Grabber all-terrain tires and six-switch auxiliary power pack to manage accessories including winches, light bars and air compressors.
With its General Grabber tires and new wheel lips, Ranger Tremor has a 1-inch wider stance; it features Magnetic-painted wheels, hoop-style steps, rear recovery hooks, painted grille, and optional hood and body graphics, plus package-exclusive seats with Miko suede inserts and black interior accents
Overall, the new Ranger has a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain developed specifically for North America, and, like other newer Ford truck products, it makes extensive use of aluminum in the body to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
Ranger is offered with two configurations, Super Cab and Super Crew, and with three main trim levels, XL, XLT, and Lariat, with FX off-road packages available in both Super Cab and Super Crew. Both body styles have seating for up to five people.
Prices start around $24,500 for a two-wheel drive XL Super Cab model, and base prices climb up to $39,000 for the top-spec four-wheel drive Lariat Super Crew.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive can be added for $4,000 on the XLT and Lariat, and $4,160 on the XL.
The Ranger is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s rated at 280 horsepower and 310 foot-pounds of torque.
While the Ranger body is mostly aluminum, the truck has a high-strength steel frame, and frame-mounted steel bumpers front and back.
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