2022 Ford Maverick: Compact hybrid pickup full of features, under $20k
While it wasn’t charged with the same electricity and hype as the introduction of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford’s reveal of a smaller pickup truck, the 2022 Ford Maverick, still had a hit. Coming standard as a hybrid at 40 mpg in the city (500 mile range) and starting at $ 19,995, the four-door five-person truck could also ingratiate itself with fleets that need a solid work vehicle on a rock bottom Price for what it offers when it becomes available this fall.
“As fuel creeps up, I think there’s an increasing interest in a high fuel consumption truck and the fact that it’s a standard hybrid Truck Brand Manager, said FleetOwner. “Because when you think about it, you usually have to pay more to get the hybrid, so we kind of turned that on its head.”
The Hybrid Maverick has a 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle 4 cylinder powertrain that delivers 191 horsepower and 155 lb.-ft. Torque, with a curb weight of 3,674 lb. The payload is 1,500 lb and the trailer load is 2,000 lb. With the 2L EcoBoost gas engine, the Maverick powertrain gets 250 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. Torque, doubling tow to 4,000 lb (with the Max Towing package). Available options include XL, XLT and Lariat.
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Oscarson said the Maverick is a recall to the older Ford Ranger dimensions. The Maverick has five driving modes: Normal, Tow / Haul, Slippery, Eco and Sport. With the FX4 Offroad package (only EcoBoost) Eco and Sport are replaced by the mud / gully and sand modes. FX4 also comes with all-terrain tires and suspension setup. The standard model is intended for road use only, though Oscarson said he could see the truck roll over a university quad for landscaping or maintenance services.
A first at the Maverick is the drive motor developed by Ford called the E-Motor. This electric motor helps to meet Ford standards for “durability, thermal performance, trailer hitch – anything that is tough, but at the same time we achieve a weight reduction of 20%,” said Abdul Hajiabdi, electric drive system and application manager.
The electric motor uses a hairpin design and a permanent magnet in the rotor to keep noise, vibration and harshness down.
Hajiabdi said this enables the electric motor “to deliver up to 2,300 newton meters of torque and 98 kilowatts of power. This is an instant torque that you feel as soon as you step your foot on this pedal. “
The standard powertrain specifications may not make it the first choice for off-road work along the Permian Basin, although it is light enough to machine the basic trails for urban parks and recreational departments.
“If you have to drive in parks, you may have to drive the vehicle onto the baseball field with your sprinkler gear in and your shovels in the back,” Oscarson theorized.
He also said it would be a great delivery vehicle for parts, especially for “unusually large” components, as well as for applications like pest control where chemicals need to be separated from the driver. The rear seats fold up for additional storage space.
The bed is typically four feet long and can be extended to six feet when the tailgate is down. Ford calls this a “whitespace” vehicle, which means that the number of uses is limited only by the user’s imagination. For this reason, the FLEXBED pickup box was developed, which offers side shelves, two lashing eyes, four D-rings and integrated threaded holes to make the bed’s loading space adaptable for various work and play purposes. Customers can also specify the pre-wired 12V DIY package for lighting and other applications. A QR code on the bed enables users to access a digital collection of ideas for practical use of the room.
“The whole bed is a home improvement paradise,” says Ford engineering specialist Keith Daugherty. “You can buy the bolt-on Ford load management system and we’d be happy to sell it to you, but if you’re a little more creative you can just go to the hardware store and get the C-channel and screw into bed to find your own solutions.”
The Maverick is also equipped with many of the same standard technologies as newer Ford vehicles, such as automatic emergency braking and FordPass Connect. Optional functions include blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, lane centering and automatic high beam. One 8 inch. The central touchscreen acts as an interface for telematics, Apple Car Play and Android Auto apps.
The embedded modem also turns the truck into a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices, while vehicle locks and ignition can be controlled via the Ford smartphone app. There is a 110 V socket in the cab and bed.
The question for the future will be whether this downsized pickup can be a powerful work vehicle. The F-150 Lightning offers more power (e.g. 5,000 to 10,000 lb of pulling force) and could even power a house, but it’s twice as expensive. The 2021 Ranger is closer in price (starts at around $ 28,000) with lots of power but uses about half the fuel economy. Oscarson said Ford will help potential buyers understand the tradeoffs.
“We have commercial vehicle centers with specially trained fleet sales advisors who qualify our customers very well so that they can find out about the purpose of the vehicle,” he says.