It appears to use the older Ranger’s footprint – minus the frame and a shorter bed, but with an all new interior, especially hyper efficient drivetrain, and all for a price that everyone can afford. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 8, 2021 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Ford is really hitting the automotive press hard as of late with the 2021 Mustang Mach-E – arguably the best BEV you can purchase today, 2022 F-150 Lightning EV, and now this. Ford’s latest compact pickup is fuel-efficient while offering up the very latest modern tech and features. The all-new Maverick is a smallish five-passenger, four-door pickup, with a full-hybrid powertrain and a projected EPA-estimated 40 mpg city rating. I suspect it will touch 33 to 35 mpg highway but that is a guess on my part. Better yet, a stripped Maverick – think of my own 03 Ranger XLT work truck, will arrive with a starting MSRP of just $19,995! The all-new Ford Maverick is a compact truck with a unibody design and the first pickup in America with a standard full-hybrid powertrain. It will arrive with the now defunct Fusion Hybrid’s atkinsonized 2.5L I4 with a combined 191 hp and 155 lb.-ft. of torque powered through the brands Toyota like continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels. The package offers a projected payload of 1,500 pounds and a tow cap of up to 2,000 pounds. A more powerful 2.0L EcoBoost mated to an 8-speed AT and standard FWD or AWD can be optioned up to tow up to 4,000 pounds. Maverick is squared off from any angle with no gap between cab and tailgate, and the bed rail caps extend from the bed and go vertical, ending at the top of the back window. This is said to provide greater dent and ding protection, knowing people will load and unload the bed from the sides more frequently. 2022 Ford Maverick Interior Maverick includes a standard 8” center touch screen w/ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Maverick also includes FordPass Connect with embedded modem and Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. Ford Pass provides a smartphone owner to find their truck, check fuel level, lock and unlock the doors, and start or turn off the vehicle remotely. Outside of AA and ACP, I find the rest of the features superfluous as you can use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot far easier, find your vehicle using Google Maps, and if you do not know your fuel level, you may have other areas of concern. The interior design appears tight as expected but until we get into one, my comments are nothing more than a look back at my own Ranger. Door armrests have a split design to allow a one-liter water bottle to sit upright in a bin while door pockets have lots of vertical clearance to store a tablet or notebook. There’s a spacious storage bin under the rear seats that fits a fully inflated volleyball, laptop bags, roller blades, tools and other gear. FITS – Ford Integrated Tether System – starts with a slot at the back of the front console that accommodates different accessories. An available accessory package includes cupholders, a storage or trash bin, cord organizer, double hook for grocery bags and purses, and under-seat storage dividers. More FITS slot creations are in development and Ford is working to publish the slot geometry so people can 3D-print DIY solutions. Those accessories can be stored in multiple slots under the rear seats, which could also be used for novel applications on their own. The Maverick arrives with Ford’s latest truck bed innovation called FLEXBED with an almost infinite ability to customize storage solutions including segmenting elevated floors to secure cargo. 2x4s or 2x6s can slide into slots stamped into the side of the bed. There are two tie-downs, four D-rings and built-in threaded holes in the sides to bolt in new creations. There are two available 110V, 400W outlets – one in the bed and one in the cabin – that can power phones, laptops, small TVs, a cordless tool battery charger, or a small, corded tool like a jigsaw. There’s also a storage cubby built into the side of the bed on XLT and two available on Lariat trucks. The smallish 4.5’ bed reaches 6’ with the tailgate down. Maverick also includes a multi-position tailgate that opens normally but has a halfway-open position allowing owners to load up to 18 sheets of 4x8 three-quarter-inch plywood without needing to angle the panels. It’s easy. The tailgate also features tie-down clamps that double as bottle openers, and is rated to hold 500 pounds of friends taking a seat. The bed floor and sides are low, so almost any size adult can reach over and grab items off the floor unlike the full-sized trucks available today where you need a step ladder to see reach over. On the safety front, the Maverick will include Ford’s Co-Pilot360 tech w/ standard Pre-Collision Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Automatic High Beam Headlamps. Addons include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Centering and Evasive Steering Assist. Five standard drive modes including Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery and Tow/Haul. Maverick will arrive in three trim levels – XL, XLT and Lariat. An FX4 package for AWD XLT and Lariat trucks adds more off-road capability with all-terrain tires and stiffer suspension tuning, additional underbody protection, and off-road-focused drive modes like Mud/Rut and Sand, as well as the addition of Hill Descent Control. Available for the first model year only is the Maverick First Edition. It is built off the Lariat trim level and includes unique graphics on the hood and lower doors, a high-gloss black-painted roof, soft tonneau cover, body-color door handles, high-gloss black skull caps, and gloss black-painted and machined 18-inch wheels for hybrid or unique 17-inch aluminum wheels for the gas model. It comes in Carbonized Gray, Area 51 and Rapid Red, unique to First Edition. 2022 Ford Maverick The 2022 Ford Maverick Compact Pickup goes on sale this fall.