Back in November of last year, Ford Authority was the first to report that the upcoming 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup might be offered with a hybrid powertrain. Now, sources familiar with Ford’s product plans have confirmed that the 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid is in fact real. Exact details aren’t known yet, but the hybrid will be capable of running solely on electric power at certain speeds, much like 2021 Ford F-150 models equipped with Ford’s 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid.
The existence of a 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid doesn’t come as a huge surprise for a number of reasons. For starters, the Ford Escape, which shares the Ford C2 platform with the Maverick, is also available as a hybrid and will soon be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Also, last year’s spy photos of a Maverick prototype revealed that the vehicle had a green section on its tachometer – a pretty clear indication that it is a hybrid.
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.
In addition to the hybrid powertrain option, the Maverick will be available with either Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 or an optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, both of which will be mated to FoMoCo’s eight-speed automatic transmission. A naturally aspirated four-cylinder remains a possibility for the entry-level model.
The Maverick will be sold only as a four-door, SuperCrew model in either front- or all-wheel-drive configuration. As we recently reported, the front-wheel-drive version will be equipped with a lower-cost, twist-beam rear suspension, while the all-wheel-drive version will utilize a more sophisticated independent setup similar to what Ford uses on the 2020 and newer Escape and Ford Bronco Sport.
Early Maverick production is already underway at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant. As Ford Authority exclusively reported last week, the Maverick will feature a starting MSRP of less than $20k when it launches, which will make it the most affordable pickup in Ford’s lineup – roughly $4,000 less than the cheapest 2021 Ford Ranger.