We’ve reported on a host of Ford Maverick pickup spy shots in recent months, and each round seems to reveal at least one new detail about the forthcoming model. That includes photos of the Mavericks interior that we reported on earlier this week. While those pictures revealed a cabin that features a mixture of pieces from the Ford Bronco Sport and some original bits, there was one additional detail that caught our eye as well.
That detail lies within the gauge cluster of the Ford Maverick pickup, or more specifically, the tachometer. Instead of starting at zero like a traditional tach, this one has a green section leading up to the zero, at which point the tach continues on to the presumed redline. It’s unclear what this green section might be, but it could point to a potential hybrid version of the Ford Maverick pickup.
A Maverick hybrid would make a lot of sense given the fact that it rides on the same Ford C2 Platform as the Ford Escape, which is offered as both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The larger footprint of the Maverick would also seemingly give it enough space to store the batteries needed to supply power for electric motors.
The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid uses a 2.5L Duratec I-4 together with an Atkinson-cycle hybrid system to deliver 198 horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 44 miles-per-gallon in the city, 37 mpg highway, and 41 mpg combined. The Escape Hybrid is available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Meanwhile, the Escape PHEV features Ford’s fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which consists of a 2.5L Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. It’s rated to produce 221 horsepower, return 100 MPGe combined, and offers up to 37 miles of all-electric driving range.