Ford is officially running out of Maverick pickups
Word on the street is that Ford’s new “compact” pickup has been so successful that the automaker is out of product, at least in a hybrid form.
While the 2.0-liter turbo delivers significantly more power and towing capacity, the default Duratec 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a hybrid electric motor still produces a pleasing output of 191 horsepower and 173. lb-ft of torque. Mated to Ford’s e-CVT gearbox, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests the pickup delivers 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Considering the vehicle sells for just under $ 20,000 (before factoring in taxes and dealer fees), offers a conservatively sized truck bed and five seats, it’s no wonder Ford has pulled out at a time when people are forced to tighten their belts.
Certainly, those interested in more routine work would be more suited to a Ranger (that’s what the Maverick should have been called) or an F-150 and there are plenty of competing models from other brands. But the Maverick seems to have hit the market at the right time, and basically has the entire baby pickup segment – with the exception of the Hyundai Santa Cruz, which is more Ford Ranchero than vintage Ranger anyway.
CarBuzz confirmed the situation with Mike Levine, head of Ford North American Product Communications, following the announcement on several auto forums that the automaker had reached its production cap for the Maverick.
“That’s right,” he replied. “Due to high demand, we are now fully booked on Maverick Hybrid. Orders will reopen next summer.
Having considered picking up a modest pickup myself as a secondary vehicle, even I am a little disappointed to hear that the Maverick will be out of the race. Then again, my natural aversion to the introductory model year probably would have gotten the better of me.
For those less paranoid about getting a lemon, the EcoBoost version of the pickup is still available. Its 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque also allow it to bring maximum towing capacity to 4,000 pounds (double that of the hybrid) when equipped with the necessary towing package. While this also replaces front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive (and CVT vs. 8-speed automatic), customers do have to fork out the kind of money needed to get into a Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado at the base. which offer a base towing capacity of 3,500 pounds (which can be increased to over 7,000) and a much larger truck bed for around $ 26,000.
[Image: Ford Motor Co.]
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