Ford Maverick Hybrid Rated at 42 MPG City, Delayed Until 2022
The Ford Maverick is set to turn the pickup truck scene on its head. For a long time, pickup trucks have been too big, capable, expensive, and difficult to drive. Consumers looking to get a pickup truck have had to deal with the compromises, as no one has tapped into the compact segment that once existed. Modern midsize pickup trucks are nearly as large as full-size options from a few years ago. Luckily, the Maverick arrives at just the right time with some impressive fuel economy figures.
Up To 42 MPG City
While the EPA's official site doesn't have the 2022 Maverick's fuel economy figures yet, Ford released a press release with the compact truck's numbers. Astonishingly, they're better than the estimates that Ford provided when it announced the pickup. Ford claims that the Maverick with the hybrid powertrain will be able to get up to 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined. Those figures make the Maverick the most efficient hybrid pickup on the market.
The standard hybrid powertrain in the Maverick includes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The combined output is rated at 191 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission handles shifts and power is routed to the front wheels.
Unfortunately, while the hybrid powertrain gets great fuel economy, it's not exactly available to purchase. Automotive News reports that deliveries of the hybrid version of the pickup truck have been delayed until January 2022. The issue is because of emissions certifications. Ford plans to start shipping the hybrid version of the truck in December, with deliveries beginning in January, "so required state and federal emissions certification can be completed."
Hybrid Won't Be Delivered Until 2022
When Ford unveiled the Maverick, it claimed that the hybrid powertrain would be available at launch. That's not the case, as only the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was available when the truck officially went on sale in September.
The optional powertrain is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's rated at 250 horsepower. The turbocharged engine is a $1,085 upgrade over the hybrid powertrain and is available with all-wheel drive, unlike the hybrid. The turbocharged engine has fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined.
"Our team set out to redefine what a truck could be with Maverick, and we've done that with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg city that beats the 2022 Honda Civic 1.5-liter 4-cylinder automatic (variable gear ratio) gasoline engine. At the same time, Maverick offers room for five and plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects," said Chris Mazur, Ford Maverick chief engineer.
There's another piece of bad news for Maverick hybrid hopefuls. Ford claims that it will reach all of its production capacity for the 2022 Maverick Hybrid by early November. After that, Ford will close the order books for the model until next summer. So, if you want a Ford Maverick with the hybrid engine, you'll want to place an order sooner than later.
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