Ford Maverick could get a power boost from the Bronco

Ford blew up the world of small pickup trucks. It’s so popular now that Ford had to stop ordering it because they were afraid of being over-supported. Between the hybrid powertrain and the unique styling, the Maverick is one of the best vehicles to hit the market this year. New spy photos suggest the Ford Maverick could become even more popular with a power boost from the Ford Bronco.

The 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

What engine does the Maverick have?

So far, the 2022 Ford Maverick is offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine (250 hp) and a 2.5-liter hybrid engine (191 hp) mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or CVT, respectively.

If those two powertrains generated so much demand for the small pickup, imagine what will happen if the rumors of a bigger, more powerful powertrain turn out to be true.

Is there a new Maverick pickup?

A small blue 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck drives off-road.

The Maverick 2022 | Ford

According to Equipment Patrol, rumors suggest that the Maverick could get a new version called Maverick ST, possibly powered by the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost. Recently some spy shots published by Motor 1 seem to show what could well be the Maverick ST.

The plans show reinforced cooling equipment up front, indicating a hotter engine. There are also two vents at the rear, suggesting a dual exhaust system. And, beneath the camouflage, hide more aggressive flared fenders.

Gear Patrol notes that Ford has not confirmed the Maverick ST. As we know, that means nothing. I could say it is or there isn’t. Either way, Ford won’t stop reporters from speculating and keeping the Maverick’s name in “print”.

But if the Ford Maverick ST is real, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost is no pipe dream; it is a clear choice. The EcoBoost has been used in everything from the Mustang to the Bronco. It’s typical to see this powertrain producing 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. However, Ford’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost was tuned up to 350bhp when powering the much-needed Ford Focus RS.

When will the Ford Maverick be available?

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Customers are struggling enough already as they get their hands on a Maverick order. Since Ford shut down ordering Mavericks, for the time being many customers have been waiting for when they can get their seat in line or a Maverick in the aisle. While Ford has mentioned some tentative dates for reopening orders for late summer 2022, the rumored Maverick ST won’t be rushing the next batch of orders.

Even though Ford manufactures the Maverick ST, the other versions will not be discounted. Ford has done a great job with their latest models (Ranger, Bronco, Maverick, etc.) giving them powerful powertrains while being smaller and more fuel efficient. The Maverick Hybrid will remain one of the smartest and most efficient pickups on the market. And that, my friends, is no small reward.

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