The 2022 Ford Maverick is the truck, the automaker says, for folks that didn’t realize they desired a truck, and with a hybrid engine as popular regardless of a beginning rate around $20k, it may be right. Announced today, this infant brother to the Ford F-a hundred and fifty and Ranger brings lower back a conventional nameplate for a current pickup, consisting of a critical nod to the maker community.
The antique Maverick badge become connected to SUVs for maximum of its time, however matters are converting this time around. Here, it’s America’s first popular complete-hybrid pickup, and Ford says it’ll additionally be the maximum fuel-efficient: in fact, it’s estimating forty mpg at the EPA’s town rating, and 37 mpg combined.
That’s now no longer simply brilliant for a pickup, it’s downright remarkable. You can credit score a 2.five-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder hybrid drivetrain for that, with fueloline and electric powered strength exact for 191 hp and one hundred fifty five lb-toes of torque. There’s a constantly variable transmission riding the the front wheels, and an in-residence layout for the electrical traction motor.
The hybrid must be able to 500 miles of riding on a complete tank, however additionally 1,500 kilos of payload capability and as much as 2,000 kilos of towing capability. For folks that need extra, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost fueloline engine could be provided, with 250 hp and 277 lb-toes of torque. It’ll use an 8-velocity automated transmission and be provided in both the front- or all-wheel power. Normally it’ll be rated to tow the identical 2,000 kilos, however with the 4K Tow Package the EcoBoost could be able to towing as much as 4,000 kilos.
Outside, it’s a mix of acquainted and new. Drop-down facet home windows in a nod to the larger F-a hundred and fifty, along side popular LED headlamps and a formidable grille layout. There’ll be 3 trims – XL, XLT, and Lariat; the all-wheel power XLT and Lariat fashions could be provided with an non-compulsory FX4 package. That throws on all-terrain tires and suspension tuning, along side more underbody protection, and the addition of Mud/Rut and Sand settings to the Normal/Eco/Sport/Slippery/Tow & Haul power modes, along side Hill Descent Control.
There’s a unmarried 4.five foot mattress option, however Ford insists that doesn’t restrict usability. Dubbed FLEXBED, it’s designed to be break up up into zones or adapt to in shape commonly-hauled gadgets: you could slide 2x4s or 2x6s into slots stamped into the mattress-sides, after which integrate that with the 2 tie-downs, 4 D-rings, and integrated threaded holes to clamp bikes, kayaks, and different matters down.
Ford will provide a shipment control system, however the automaker has additionally made it so people with a touch extra enthusiasm for DIY can correctly craft their very own from the form of gadgets you’d anticipate to discover at Home Depot. There’ll also be a web manual with thoughts of the way to personalize the pickup’s mattress.