2022 Ford Maverick buzzes the hybrid truck tower
Similar to “High Gun: Maverick” returns to the large display screen later this yr, the 2022 Ford Maverick dusts off its forgettable previous as a compact coupe from the ’70s and reinvents itself as the newest, slickest, trendiest automobile not starring Tom Cruise.
Constructed on underpinnings shared with the Ford Escape and new Ford Bronco Sport, the 2022 Ford Maverick places utility on a fair par with effectivity. The unibody pickup comes normal with a 2.5-liter inline-4 and electrical motor powered by a small 94-kw battery pack, as a part of Ford’s planetary hybrid system powering the entrance wheels. The system’s output of 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque ought to get an EPA-estimated 40 mpg metropolis, 37 mpg mixed. Ford claims it is potent sufficient to hold a payload of 1,500 kilos and tow as much as 2,000 kilos.
In comparison with the 23 mpg mixed within the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz—the one true competitor within the small unibody pickup section—the Maverick excels in effectivity however cannot fairly match the output of the Santa Cruz. An accessible 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 277 lb-ft trails the 275-hp turbo-4 within the Santa Cruz, and the non-compulsory tow bundle that allows it to tow as much as 4,000 kilos trails the max towing capability of the Santa Cruz by 1,000 kilos. Ford’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 pairs to an 8-speed automated with normal front-wheel drive or accessible all-wheel drive. Gasoline financial system estimates weren’t launched but for the uprated engine.
5 completely different drive modes promise some variation within the drivetrains’ responses in Regular, Eco, Slippery, Sport, and Tow/Haul modes. The Maverick weighs between about 3,500 and three,700 kilos, which is similar because the smaller Bronco Sport. Entrance struts and a rear torsion beam axle deal with the load in front-drive Mavericks, whereas AWD variations get a multi-link rear suspension.
The Maverick wears a bar throughout its grille that make the usual LED headlights resemble a barbell, and that bar is mirrored on the tailgate with a giant “Maverick” stamp. General the small truck has the squared-jaw look of Tom Cruise. or the bigger vans in Ford’s secure, with its flat sides and entrance fender inserts calling out the trim.
The 121.1-inch wheelbase spanning normal 17-inch metal wheels is 16 inches longer than the Bronco Sport and the truck itself is greater than two toes longer at 199.7 inches. The additional size is not solely as a result of 4.5-foot-long mattress; the Maverick’s cab is bigger than both of Ford’s compact crossovers, and the 36.9 inches of rear leg room on the turbo-4 mannequin is 2.4 inches greater than the Ford Ranger with a crew cab. The usual hybrid mannequin loses 1.0 inch of leg room as a result of battery pack’s placement behind the rear passenger space.
The four-door truck seats 5 however 4 adults could be extra snug. Ample compartments inside vary from rear storage beneath the flip-up rear seats to a second smartphone bin on the console and door pocket cupholders that accommodate 1.0-liter water bottles. An accessible tether system permits for much more cupholders and compartmentalization for rear passengers.
The mattress extends the versatile nature of the Maverick with a tailgate that may be lowered to varied angles to be used as a backstop to haul longer objects, similar to 4×8 sheets of plywood above the wheel wells while not having a mattress extender, based on Ford. Twin coated bins and as much as 10 tie-downs additionally assist, as does an in-bed bottle opener, accessible mattress lighting, and a 110-volt AC outlet. One other outlet is out there within the cabin.
Supplied in XL, XLT, and Lariat trims, with an FX4 bundle bought on the latter two trims with all-wheel drive, the 2022 Ford Maverick comes normal with automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The bottom mannequin prices $21,490, together with the $1,495 vacation spot cost. The FX4 bundle provides all-terrain tires, extra underbody safety, 17-inch alloy wheels, two extra drive modes in Mud/Rut and Sand, and it comes with hill descent management.
Options particular to every trim shall be introduced nearer to the Maverick’s sale date in late 2021.