Theoffers three-quarter-ton payload and will tow up to 2,000 pounds; and yet it’s expected to achieve a 40 mpg city rating from the EPA.
At a time when trucks are trendy, gas prices are soaring, and people are watching bottom-line prices a bit more than before, the Maverick hybrid’s $21,490 base price and that mpg number are going to make it very popular—if Ford can deliver enough of them, that is.
First reported in theearlier this week, Ford plans to only send Maverick hybrid models to dealerships to satisfy orders when the Maverick starts arriving in September. A more robust supply to stock dealer lots and showrooms won’t come until months later.
It’s related to the chip issues that are throttling supply of some of the most popular models at a time of strong demand, Ford confirmed. “The global semiconductor shortage is presenting challenges and production disruptions for the global auto industry, including Ford.” said spokesperson Mike Levine to Green Car Reports.
2022 Ford Maverick
That means the more powerful (and far less fuel-efficient) versions of the Maverick will be arriving first. A 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine costs $1,085 more and enables all-wheel drive at an additional $2,220. EPA combined ratings of this combination aren’t likely to be higher than the mid-20s.
There are high-mileage alternatives from Ford, if you don’t need the truck bed. A boxy
2021 Ford Escape
And after many, many months of delays, the, with front-wheel drive, is due to arrive this month, Ford also confirmed, with an EPA-rated 37 fully electric miles and 40-mpg combined as a hybrid.
Will there be a plug-in hybrid version of the Maverick, or an all-wheel-drive hybrid? Neither of these are as of yet confirmed, but it’s good to see Ford at last casting its hybrid tech out more widely.