Ford working on hybrid Maverick small ute

Fords upcoming small ute, to be called Maverick, is reportedly in line to receive a hybrid powertrain.
That makes sense, given the Maverick will be based on the C2 platform, which supports the Escape and Bronco Sport, the former of which can be had as a hybrid.

The report comes from Ford Authority, which cites sources familiar with Fords product plans. The hybrid option falls in line with what AutoForecast Solutions, a global automotive forecasting firm recently predicted.

The iconic Falcon was Fords last proper ute in this part of the world (according to the strict definition), the Maverick returns to that car-based template.

Specific details arent clear but the Escape Hybrid uses a 2.5-litre petrol inline-four combustion engine paired with two electric motors for a combined output of 149kW.

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Theres a plug-in hybrid Escape coming too, but its unlikely the Maverick will get this, in order to keep the price down.

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The new Maverick will be based on the Escapes underpinnings.

Other powertrains destined for the Maverick include a 1.5-litre turbo triple, which makes 134kW in the Bronco Sport, and the 182kW 2.0-litre turbo. All-wheel drive will be available, as will front-wheel drive.

Pre-production Mavericks have already been seen, with the truck appearing in a plant-by-plant production report accompanying the automaker's monthly U.S. sales figures. The truck is being produced at the same plant where Ford's new Bronco Sport is built.

The truck is expected to go into full production in July. That units are being built now indicates the automaker is testing the product on the assembly line, Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting at AutoForecast Solutions, said, and would likely ramp up production this summer.

We dont know if the Maverick will be headed here, but in the meantime the Ranger FX4 Max has just arrivied, complete with Raptor-lite suspension.

He expects the truck to be sold in North and South America, including in the U.S., and to eventually reach more than 100,000 units of production per year.

"We're expecting it to be priced below the Ranger, it (having) smaller engines and (being) lighter duty," he said. "It's more of a lifestyle vehicle. We're not expecting it to show up on construction sites."

As for a New Zealand launch, its certainly possible, considering the Focus and Escape both sell here. Nothing is confirmed just yet though. Meanwhile, a more potent version of the Ranger FX4, suffixed MAX, with Raptor-like suspension has just arrived.


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