Can the Ford Maverick Hybrid one-up the Santa Cruz? [Update]

According to a new report from Ford Authority, the 2022 Ford Maverick will offer a hybrid powertrain though it remains to be seen if this will be available right after the launch, or in the subsequent model year.

Ford cannot ignore a hybrid option for its Bronco Sport-based utility, which will offer buyers an lifestyle-type truck in the sub-25,000 USD price tag. The closest competitor to the Maverick will be the upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz which is scheduled for its reveal on April 15. A senior Hyundai official already confirmed that an electrified powertrain will be introduced down the road, and Hyundai already has a couple of options to pick from the new Tucson.

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Ford doesn’t have to look too hard either as the Escape Hybrid (which will share its platform with the Maverick) comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder motor coupled with two electric motors putting out a total of 200 hp.

Codenamed Ford P758, the Maverick will reportedly sell exclusively in a four-door SuperCrew variant with front wheel drive reserved to the entry level variants. Entry level variants will also likely sport a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine which makes 181 hp in the Bronco Sport. Our guess is that the gas mileage could be over 25 combined mpg.

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The Maverick will slot below the Ranger (which gets a body-on-frame chassis). No one knows pickups better than Ford, and the unibody truck category needs all the help it can get to crack the U.S. market. Image: Ford

Spy pictures driving.ca published reveal the base Ford Maverick settling for black ORVMs, steel wheels, and a simpler radiator grille with no accent. Unlike deluxe trims, the base trim may not have a sliding rear window. Inside, it may lack the premium features, like wireless smartphone charging, for instance and materials used for the upholstery and trim may be slightly cheaper. Lastly, expect the list of driver assistance systems to be shorter in the economy configurations.

The Maverick comes into what is a reemerging segment of compact trucks that slots beneath the mid-size models. It is not a ladder-frame vehicle and certainly not a work truck, as the bed is expected 4 to 5-feet length, with a payload under 1,000 lbs. and towing of around 3,500 lbs. Ford experts don’t expect a single cab version with a longer bed for the Maverick. It will remain a four-door passenger-centric vehicle with seating for five, and will be built alongside the Bronco Sport in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The Blue Oval will certainly look to get the Maverick Hybrid in showrooms quickly as the company plans 16 battery electric vehicles by 2022, and hybrid electric variants of high volume models which the Maverick is certainly poised to be.

It would be interesting to watch if compact SUV and sedan shoppers are tempted by the Maverick, opening up a new market for small pickups.

Ford Maverick FAQs

What is the release date of the Ford Maverick?

The Ford Maverick will be revealed in the coming weeks, ahead of deliveries that will start in the second half of 2021.

Which pickup rivals the Ford Maverick?

The chief rival to the Ford Maverick will be the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

What will be the price of the Ford Maverick?

The Maverick will be priced around USD 22,000 with some reports saying that Ford is targeting a sub-20,000 introductory price.

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