Hidden in the back of all 2022 Ford Maverick trims is an under-seat storage area nicknamed the “sweat box” by Ford’s design team. Sure, this is falls on the lighter side of the news spectrum, but after more serious news earlier this week that the hybrid variant might be delayed, we figured we’d take a walk on the sweaty side.
This nickname, coined by Maverick Interior Leader Daniel George, was inspired by sport-fanatic kids and their stinky sports equipment.
Between running three boys to and from wrestling and football practices, George is no stranger to the stench of sweaty sports gear in his vehicles. Therefore, he designed the under-seat storage compartments in Maverick to hold sports equipment an athlete (or parent) may want out of sight, mind and smell.
Emphasis on the smell part. Every parent knows exactly what we mean here!
The “sweat box” bins are made of plastic, which makes for easy cleaning and should be much appreciated by adults. The usefulness goes beyond sporting equipment as George says you can store muddy hiking boots or pet supplies in these bins as well.
According to Hannah Ooms, Maverick communications manager, while under-seat storage is standard on all Maverick trims, the storage area is slightly bigger on models with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost as opposed to the hybrid versions because of the battery housing. The hybrid under-seat storage bins have a 2.0-cubic-foot volume area, and the EcoBoost bins have a 2.6-cubic-foot volume.
Additionally, Ooms says the bins are deep enough to hold four fully inflated volleyballs or basketballs and long enough to store a hockey stick.
After the controversy regarding the potentially halted production of the hybrid Maverick and the announcement that the front-wheel drive Maverick won’t have a towing package, we figured you could use a little levity in the Maverick news cycle.
I’m finding the stories from inside the design studio interesting. I am always interested in the design aspect of the industry and seeing Ford designers employing real-world problems to the Maverick resonates. The Maverick won’t be a big-time family hauler like the Explorer, but in a pinch, where one parent has to run a child across town to practice while the other parent has another obligation, the Maverick should be ideal.
With its small size, the Maverick addresses an emerging segment that seems to be expanding. And with families in mind during the design process, it seems Ford has thought everything.