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. Then, in March, Ford Authority exclusively reported that a hybrid version of the Maverick was indeed confirmed for production. Now, the automaker has inadvertently confirmed the existence of a Ford Maverick hybrid as well, as we can clearly see in yesterday’s teaser video starring Gabrielle Union.
As Union opens a garage door, partially revealing the rear of the new Maverick, there is a badge present in the lower left-hand corner of the tailgate. It’s hard to see, but if we zoom in, it’s clear that this badge says “hybrid.” While we already knew that a Ford Maverick hybrid was coming, it’s nice to get a little official confirmation, regardless.
Of course, it isn’t terribly surprising that Ford would give the Maverick a hybrid option. After all, the Ford Escape, which shares the Ford C2 platform with the Maverick, is also available as a hybrid, as well as a plug-in hybrid. And as Ford Authority pointed out in some spy photos of the pickup last year, there’s also a green section on the tachometer, a clear indication of a hybrid powertrain.
It’s unclear what sort of hybrid powertrain the Maverick will utilize, but the 2020 Escape Hybrid uses a 2.5L Duratec I-4 paired with an Atkinson-cycle hybrid system to deliver 198 horsepower and fuel economy ratings of 44 miles-per-gallon in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 41 mpg combined. The Escape Hybrid is available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
In addition to the hybrid, the Maverick will also be available with both Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3 or optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, while a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder remains a possibility as well. FoMoCo’s eight-speed automatic will be mated to both EcoBoost engines. The Maverick will be available in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, but in a four-door SuperCrew body style only.
Ford will officially reveal the Maverick on June 8th, and the compact pickup is expected to enter production in July at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant alongside the Ford Bronco Sport. As Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this year, the Maverick will feature a starting MSRP of less than $20k when it launches.