Two months ago, Hyundai got everyone's attention when they revealed the Santa Cruz. Serving as the company's compact crossover-based pick-up truck, it's essentially a Tucson with a bed at the back. At the time, the Korean automaker was the only brand to offer such a small pick-up truck.
Fast forward to the present day, and Ford has just revealed its compact pick-up. It's called the 2022 Ford Maverick, and it's more than just a Bronco Sport with a bed. Slotting below the midsize Ranger, the new Maverick is now Ford's smallest pick-up truck and is available with a hybrid powertrain.
Starting with its looks, Ford made sure that the Maverick looked like a proper pick-up truck despite having a unibody construction. From its imposing front end, muscular wheel arches, and generous bed space at the back, the Maverick looks as if it's a miniature version of the Ranger. It gets C-shaped headlights, a bold front grille painted black, stylish alloy wheels, LED taillights, and black body cladding to give it a more rugged appearance.
Need to put stuff in the back? The Maverick's bed measures 1371mm long (1878mm long with the tailgate down) is generous enough for long loads. Moreover, Ford put a multi-function tailgate which allows users to position the tailgate in various settings. The Maverick even has movable tie-down cleats that slide on a track and divider slots to space out cargo.
Apart from carrying the heavy stuff, Ford also packed the Maverick's bed with 12V power sockets, a 110V/400-watt outlet, as well as a storage cubby built into the side of the bed to store tools or an air pump if needed.
The Maverick measures 5072mm long, 1839mm wide, and 1745mm tall. For reference, the PH-spec Ranger measures 5354mm long, 1860mm wide, and 1848mm tall. Side-by-side with the Hyundai Santa Cruz, and the Maverick is 102mm longer and 51mm taller. The Maverick, however, is narrower by 66mm compared to the Santa Cruz.
The Maverick greets its occupants with a stylish and ergonomic cabin. High-grade models get a digital instrument panel, full-leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and contrasting accents on the dashboard and door panels. Providing in-car entertainment is 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with SYNC 4.
It supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. Other available features inside the Maverick include adaptive cruise control, rotary-style knob gear selector, multi-function steering wheel, and a plethora of cubby holes and storage bins.
Under the hood, the Maverick is available with two engine options. First up is the 2.5-liter inline-four hybrid engine. It makes 191 PS along with 210 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. While it may lack the all-wheel-drive capability, Ford says the hybrid Maverick can do 17 km/l in the city and cover over 800 km on a single tank.
For those that prefer more oomph, there's the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that puts out 250 PS and 376 Nm of torque. Instead of a CVT, the turbocharged Maverick is married to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel-drive comes as standard, while all-wheel-drive is available as an option. Fuel economy figures for the EcoBoost Maverick have yet to be revealed.
When it comes to towing and cargo-carrying capacity, the Maverick won't disappoint. Ford claims that both the hybrid and EcoBoost variants can tow up to 907 kg and have a payload capacity of 680 kg. Ford says that the Maverick can carry a small tent or tow a small watercraft. Ford can also throw in the max-tow package that increases the Maverick's towing capacity to 1814 kg – enough to allow the Maverick to tow a small speedboat or small-sized camper.
For now, the Maverick is on sale in the US market, with customer deliveries to commence later in the year. But would it make sense here in the Philippines? With prices ranging from $ 19,995 to $ 28,295 (around PHP 954,570 to PHP 1,350,810), the Maverick could serve as a junior model to the much larger Ranger if they can price it right. The only question now is, would Ford Group Philippines be interested in bringing it here?