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Small truck fans can rejoice as spy photographers have snapped some revealing pictures of the 2022 Ford Maverick.

Caught undergoing testing in Michigan, the Maverick will slot below the Ranger and battle the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz.

Ford hasn’t said much about the model, but we can see it will have a single bar grille with turn signals at the outside edges. The model also sports C-shaped headlights and a black plastic front bumper.

Also Read: Everything We Know About The 2022 Ford Maverick

Continuing down the sides, there’s streamlined bodywork and a relatively flat beltline that eschews the ‘front door dip’ found on F-Series pickups. Designers also gave the model plastic body cladding, sizeable wheels and a practical crew cab configuration.

There’s a short bed out back, and it appears to have plastic cladding that wraps around the top and goes up the C-pillars. We can also see production taillights and a tiny sliding rear window. Last but not least, there’s a receiver that suggests Ford hasn’t forgotten about towing.

Specifications remain shrouded in secrecy, but the model is expected to borrow heavily from the Escape and Bronco Sport. This means the truck could be offered with an entry-level 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder that produces 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. There could also be a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque. Both should be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

If that hasn’t won you over, pricing could start at less than $20,000.

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Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and Alfa Romeo all scored below their segment averages in J.D. Power’s 2021 Customer Service Index survey.

The four Stellantis brands all suffered in a year when the average customer satisfaction rose. That improvement in satisfaction came as a result of many dealers rising to the challenges of the pandemic.

Although dealer visits were down 6% from last year, overall satisfaction rose for the sixth year in a row. According to J.D. Power, people were more likely to visit dealerships than go to private shops last year.

“When one- to three-year-old vehicles required service in 2020, dealers captured an even greater share of service visits, which is the highest level in at least five years,” said Chris Sutton, vice president of automotive retail at J.D. Power. “Dealerships made the most out of a disruptively bad situation.”

Although the reasons for the Stellantis brands lagging aren’t quite clear, other brands used contactless payment methods and express services to boost their customer satisfaction rankings.

The automotive brand with the happiest customers, according to J.D. Power, was Porsche, which scored 899 out of a possible 1,000 points. Lexus wasn’t far behind, though, with 895 points and Infiniti and Cadillac both scored well with 887 points and 883 points, respectively among luxury marques. On the other side of the spectrum, Land Rover was second to last with just 799 points and Alfa Romeo scored a measly 797 points finishing at the very bottom of the list

Read Also: Lexus Tops J.D. Power’s Dependability Study, Tesla (Unofficially) 30th Of 33

The average score for premium brands was 870 points. For mass-market brands, the score was a bit lower at 843, as you might expect.

As far as mass-market brands are concerned, though, MINI scored highest, with 864 points, while Buick and Mitsubishi were the second- and third-best scoring mass-market brands with 859 and 857 points, respectively.

Dodge, meanwhile, received  824 points, Jeep 820 points, Chrysler got 818 points, and Ram scored just 817 points. VW didn’t fair any better either with just 820 points, while Ford did only slightly better with 830, still well below the average

American brands didn’t all struggle, though, as GM’s brands kept above their segment averages in the customer service index, with Buick finishing in second best with 859 points among mass market brands and GMC fourth with 856 points.

Owners of electric vehicles, meanwhile, were among the least satisfied by their customer service. The challenge of trying to service the new style of vehicle correctly and the relative infrequency of their service visits meant that each interaction was high-stakes from a customer satisfaction point of view.

Acura has been on a roll as the redesigned MDX and TLX have been well-received. The company is looking to build on that momentum by preparing a facelift for the popular RDX.

Expected to debut later this year, the updated RDX will feature a revised design that incorporates styling cues from its newer counterparts.

The camouflage hides a lot of details, but we can see familiar diamond pentagon grille that is flanked by LED headlights. Little else is visible, but it appears the model will have a new front fascia with vertical air intakes similar to those found on the MDX. The lower intake also appears wider, but it’s hard to certain at this point.

Also Read: 2019 Acura RDX Arrives To Defend Its Compact Luxury Crossover Crown

The rest of the crossover largely carries over, but camouflage suggests we can expect an all-new rear bumper. We can also see a new dual exhaust system, which trades circular tips for rectangular ones.

Spy photographers didn’t get close enough to snap interior pictures, but changes will likely be minor as the RDX is only a few years old. That being said, the model could have an updated infotainment system and possibly even a digital instrument cluster.

Under the hood, we can expect a familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 272 hp (203 kW / 276 PS) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque. It should be connected to a ten-speed automatic transmission and an available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

While Acura is preparing Type S versions of the MDX, TLX and ILX successor, the RDX might not get the high-performance treatment. That remains unconfirmed, but an RDX Type S was notably absent from a purportedly leaked product roadmap.

However, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine might not be the only option as there have been rumors about an RDX with a Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Little is known about it, but the model would reportedly have an electrified transmission as well as two electric motors powering the rear wheels.

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