The Ford Maverick is officially back in the market as a hybrid truck. Let’s take a deep-dive into what Ford offers in its new pickup.
Ford Maverick performance
Despite its compact dimensions, the Ford Maverick looks rugged and tough like the average Ford pickup. However, it’s a unibody model riding on the Ford Escape’s C2 platform. Under the hood, there’s a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain delivering 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque and linked to a CVT. An all-wheel drive system is not available with this hybrid powertrain. The targeted EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg city and 500 miles of range on a full tank make it a great buy for urban customers who make do without all-wheel drive and typical off-roading hardware of a truck.
The Ford Maverick hybrid’s standard payload capacity is 1,500 pounds, which is good enough to carry a standard ATV. Its standard towing capacity is 2,000 pounds, which means a pop-up camper trailer or a pair of personal watercraft can be towed with ease.
Alternatively, customers can opt for a 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine producing 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The regular Maverick can be purchased with an all-wheel drive system optionally. Another option available in the non-hybrid variant is a 4K Tow Package, which doubles the towing capacity to 4,000 pounds. An average 21-foot boat can be hauled with ease on checking this option.
There’s also an FX4 package option for the gas-powered Maverick, exclusive to the all-wheel drive configurations. It includes rugged all-terrain tires and suspension tuning, additional underbody protection, off-road-focused drive modes (Mud/Rut and Sand), and Hill Descent Control.
|Vehicle Length||199.7 in.|
|Vehicle Width||72.6 in.|
|Vehicle Height||68.7 in.|
|Bed Length||54.4 in.|
|Bed Width (at wheel house)||42.6 in.|
|Cargo Volume||33.3 cu. ft.|
|Maximum Payload||1,500 lbs|
|Maximum Towing||2,000 lbs./4,000 lbs. with 4K Tow Package|
Ford Maverick features
Getting to the features, Flexbed is Maverick’s main highlight. It allows creating segmented storage, elevated floors, bike and kayak racks, and more. All the customer has to do is slide 2x4s or 2x6s into slots stamped into the side of the bed. There are two tie-downs, four D-rings, and built-in threaded holes in the sides to enable artistic customers to create their DIY solutions.
To keep customers from hacking into the wiring harness for electrical needs, which could affect the tail lamp wiring, or worse, the overall electrical system, Ford is offering Maverick customers an option to select from factory-fit box lighting, install their home-built lighting setup, or even to create an entirely new use for the 12V access points.
In addition to the DIY electrical, there are two available 100V, 400W outlets. One point is located in the bed, and the other point is located in the cabin. Moreover, there’s a small storage space built into the side of the bed.
Other key features of the Maverick include standard LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, standard 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, standard FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi connectivity, and wireless charging.
The 2022 Ford Maverick goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, with prices starting at USD 19,995. Reservations are now open, and XL, XLT, and Lariat are the trim selections.
The closest competitor to the Ford Maverick is the Hyundai Santa Cruz. A senior Hyundai official already confirmed that an electrified powertrain would be introduced down the road, and Hyundai already has a couple of options to pick for the pickup from the inventory of the Hyundai Tucson.
Production & Release Date
Ford will make the 2022 Maverick alongside the Bronco Sport in Hermosillo, Mexico. According to a report from Ford Authority, the Blue Oval has told suppliers that it expects to start producing the truck in July this year.
Ford has announced that the Maverick goes on sale this fall in the U.S. market. The build and price website is available (on Ford.com) and reservations or orders can be placed now.
|Ford Maverick Hybrid variant||Price|
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 in the USA. The Maverick and Santa Cruz are increasingly about consumer lifestyle and less about work duties. It serves buyers who desire the style of a truck with the driving characteristics of an SUV in a smaller footprint.
Ford has lined up several new model launches in North America by 2022, Jim Farley Jr., President and CEO, Ford, suggested during the Q1 2021 Earnings Conference Call. “We still have the big Bronco, the two- and the four-door with incredible order bank, the F-150 Electric and the E-Transit,” Farley Jr. said. “And we have some surprises for you as well,” he added, hinting at new-type products like the Ford Maverick.
Ford’s electrification goals
Ford has increased its investment in electrification to over USD 30 billion by 2025. The company plans to have 40 electrified vehicles by 2022, and hybrid electric variants of high-volume models like the Maverick should be a priority. It expects 40% of its global sales to come from fully electric models by 2030. However, for more affordable, low-end models like the Maverick compact pickup truck, partial electrification with hybrid technology could be a more feasible solution at present.
Ford Maverick FAQs
What is the release date of the Ford Maverick?
The Ford Maverick goes on sale this fall in the United States market. Order books are now open.
Which pickup rivals the Ford Maverick?
The chief rival to the Ford Maverick will be the Hyundai Santa Cruz.
What is price of the Ford Maverick Hybrid?
The Maverick hybrid is priced between $19,995 – $25,490.
All images used in the story come from the Ford Media Center