In the U.S., the 2022 Ford Maverick comes standard with front-wheel drive regardless of whether a customer opts for the base hybrid powertrain or Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, while all-wheel-drive is available as an option on 2.0L EcoBoost models only, for now. However, Ford Authority has learned that this isn’t the case with Canadian versions of the 2022 Ford Maverick.
Ford Maverick customers in Canada that opt for the EcoBoost engine will only be able to pair it with all-wheel-drive, which is not currently available in conjunction with the base hybrid powertrain. However, as Ford Authority reported back in June, the lack of an AWD hybrid Maverick is due to the fact that the pickup utilizes a brand new electric motor which was developed and built by Ford in-house. This motor is slightly different from the one used in the Ford Escape Hybrid, which means that it won’t work with the Escape Hybrid AWD model’s e-CVT transmission without some modifications.
Additionally, the Maverick hybrid’s twist-beam rear suspension is mounted too low to accommodate an all-wheel-drive setup underneath and still retain a reasonable bed loading height. Regardless, these are things that Ford can create a workaround for, which means that an AWD Maverick hybrid is still a possibility at some point in the future.
In the U.S., all-wheel-drive is a $3,305 option on the Maverick, so it appears that Canadian customers will have to shell out a bit more if they wish to purchase a compact pickup with the more powerful EcoBoost powertrain. Ford’s 2.5L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain is rated to produce 191 (total system) horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque, and Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 produces 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid powerplant is mated to a CVT transmission, while the turbocharged gas engine is paired with Ford’s 8-speed automatic gearbox.
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So Ford is screwing Canadians again. They have done the exact same thing with the Ranger in Canada, only offering it in AWD and not FWD. Hyundai is doing the same thing with the Santa Cruz as well, amoung other European Companies that are only offering AWD and not FWD in their vehicles in Canada.
Do these companies think we have snow here all year round in Canada, that we need AWD only, and pay extra for it?
The sole reason I did not buy a Ranger ( and I am glad I did not, now I can buy a Maverick ), is because it was only offered in AWD in Canada.
Funny that Floridians seem to require AWD because they encounter sand once in the vehicle’s lifetime. Just-in-case, you know. Guess the manufacturers believe that you all think the same way up there.
No FWD 2.0L for Canucks means that Ford just LOVES its gouge-the-customer hat.
This is one of many reasons I am so thrilled I moved out of canada. Don’t get me wrong Canada was okay, but everything has been better in the US for me. There’s just so much more choice, and having these lower priced options is great. I always hated when I had to buy a car in the past I just knew it always cost more in Canada for the exact same thing or that it would be limited compared to the one sold down south in the US. It makes no sense to me why that happens. Not everything has to be AWD in Canada. Most people live in urban areas anyways. I feel for my former countryment.
Ford Motor Company needs to learn a few things about Canada. We do not have snow year 12 months a year. We actually have 4 seasons. Not all of Canada receives the amount of snow that the eastern part of the country. I want a Ranger with 2 wheel drive. Not being stuck with 4 wheel drive and the extra gas and maintenance that has to be performed. I don’t believe that is too much to ask.
So does this mean that the 2.5 front wheel drive Maverick s not available in Canada. I am sure there a lots of Canadians would buy a hybrid Maverick. Don’t they have Prius and other hybrids in Canada. Maybe Ford is not totally committed to their new hybrid drive since there are hardly any available.