Earlier this year, the all-new Ford Edge L debuted for the Chinese market, and just a few months later, it was joined by the redesigned 2024 Lincoln Nautilus, which will be built in China but also sold in the U.S. Both reveals are notable for the fact that production of the current-gen Edge and Nautilus is set to end at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada in early 2024 to make room for all-electric versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. However, it’s also worth noting that each of those new crossovers is equipped with a new Ford hybrid engine that could potentially work in both the Ford Maverick and Ford Bronco Sport, too.
The next-generation Nautilus and all-new Edge L are both available with an electrified version of the turbocharged Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine that pairs the gas powerplant with a 100 kW electric motor to generate a combined output of 271 horsepower in the Edge L and 310 horsepower in the Nautilus. Needless to say, either option would be a rather compelling in both the Maverick and Bronco Sport, as well as the Ford Escape and/or Lincoln Corsair.
We know that the new 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost hybrid utilizes the same sort of technology as the 2.5L Atkinson cycle hybrid that’s offered in both the Maverick and Escape, and that it’s mated to an eCVT gearbox. However, the newer powerplant also has a mechanical all-wheel drive system, which could make it the perfect fit for both the Maverick and Bronco Sport, which offer off-road-focused variants, while the latter is marketed as a rugged model in general.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the reason the Maverick isn’t offered with a hybrid engine and all-wheel drive currently boils down to the fact that it utilizes a brand new electric motor – the first developed and built by Ford in-house – that is similar but different from the one used in the Escape Hybrid. That means that it won’t work, off-the-shelf, with the Escape Hybrid AWD model’s e-CVT transmission without some modifications. Meanwhile, while the Bronco Sport isn’t currently offered with a hybrid powerplant, a previous report suggested that one is indeed in the works.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that the automaker plans to continue to not only offer, but also expand its hybrid lineup in the coming years amid strong sales. Coupled with its desire to simplify its lineup, this makes a particularly strong case for using the same new Ford hybrid powerplant across multiple models, too.