-  Photo: Ford Motor Co.

Photo: Ford Motor Co. 

Ford Motor Co. announced on June 8, 2021, the debut of the all-new 2022 Ford Maverick, a four-door compact pickup that comes standard with five-passenger seating and is powered by a full-hybrid powertrain. It has a projected EPA-estimated rating of 40 mpg city fuel economy and 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas. The Maverick has a starting MSRP of $19,995.

The Maverick is a unibody design that is powered by a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, which delivers 191 horsepower when combined with the electric motor, and 155 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a continuously variable transmission driving the front wheels. It has a 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas.

Fleets that want more capability can upgrade to a 2.0L EcoBoost gas engine delivering 250 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque  with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.

Maverick has standard FordPass Connect with embedded modem and Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.

Door armrests have a split design to allow a one-liter water bottle to sit upright in a bin rather than rolling around on the seats, while door pockets are huge and have lots of vertical clearance to store a tablet or notebooks. There’s a spacious storage bin under the rear seats that fits a variety of work-related gear.

Ford Co-Pilot360 technology includes standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Automatic High Beam Headlamps. Available options include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Centering and Evasive Steering Assist. Five standard drive modes include Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Tow/Haul to enhance performance and confidence over various driving conditions.

The Maverick FLEXBED system provides organization and cargo solutions for different fleet applications, with a multi-position tailgate, slots to use lumber to subdivide the bed, 12 available anchor points, two 12-volt 20-amp prewired sources at the back, plus two available 110-volt outlets for powering a laptop. Users can create segmented storage, elevated floors, and more by sliding 2x4s or 2x6s 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.

The 4.5-foot bed can carry 1,500 pounds of payload, plus it has the capability to tow 2,000 pounds.  Equipped with the optional 4K Tow Package, conventional towing doubles to 4,000 pounds. The bed floor and sides are low, so almost any size fleet user can reach over and grab items off the floor.

Maverick is offered at three trim levels – XL, XLT and Lariat. An FX4 package available for all-wheel-drive XLT and Lariat trucks adds more off-road capability with rugged all-terrain tires and 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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick goes on sale in fall 2021.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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Mike Antich

Mike Antich

Former Editor and Associate Publisher

Mike Antich covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Global Fleet of Hal in 2022. He also won the Industry Icon Award, presented jointly by the IARA and NAAA industry associations.

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