The 1972 Maverick was available with an in-line, six-cylinder, 249.6 cubic inch engine. Its bore and stroke was 3.68 inches by 3.91 inches with a compression ratio of 8:1. The 12-valve engine produced 98 horsepower at 4,000 rotations per minute (rpm) with 183 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.The cast iron block and head motor used a single Carter downdraft carburetor.
The 1972 Maverick's independent suspension featured a ball joint with coil springs up front plus rear longitudinal leaf springs. It had four-wheel, dual hydraulic, 9-inch drum brakes. The vehicle featured a Magic Circle recirculating-ball steering gear and used a three-speed constant mesh transmission with a dry-plate clutch.
The Maverick's curb weight was 2,486 pounds. It was 179.4 inches long, 70.6 inches wide and 53 inches tall with a 103-inch wheelbase. Its ground clearance was 5.2 inches with a 56.5-inch front and rear track measurement.
The Ford Maverick was a mid-sized, compact car built from 1969 to 1977. In 1972 it came as a two- or four-door sedan with the optional muscle-car Grabber trim package. For 1972 only, the red, white and blue Sprint package celebrated the Olympics.