Ford Maverick PHEV adds all-wheel drive and more power

Things get worse pretty quickly for the incredibly popular Ford Maverick. Every time we turn around, there’s a new update. It becomes difficult to follow this small truck. After learning that the hybrid model gains all-wheel drive, we spotted a new Ford Maverick PHEV model.

Is the Ford Maverick PHEV coming out?

Maybe. New spy photos have captured what appears to be a new model Ford Maverick PHEV being tested on the streets. That means a plug-in hybrid variant could be in the works. Additionally, the PHEV might have more power and range than the hybrid model.

According Engine1, the Maverick has a junction box on the back that says “PHE-V” and “2.1-L”. This may indicate that the plug-in model is paired with a 2.1-liter engine. Apparently, the base weight has increased to 3,946 pounds.

The extra weight can be attributed to the addition of an all-wheel-drive system or heavier batteries. Either way, this little truck gets some extra horsepower or will have a hybrid variant that can be paired with all-wheel drive. Both possibilities are exciting.

Additionally, spy photos may have revealed that the Maverick has independent rear suspension, meaning power can be sent to each wheel.

The truck is covered in camouflage, so we don’t have many clues to go on. Also, the truck bed is covered, so we don’t know what kind of equipment is hidden.

How powerful is the Maverick PHEV?

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The Ford Maverick PHEV could borrow the same configuration from the Ford Escape PHEV. The Escape PHEV combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a 14.4 kWh battery. It develops 221 hp and has an all-electric range of around 37 miles.

Currently, the Maverick uses a 1.1 kWh battery, but Ford has designed the truck with enough room to accommodate a second battery. This means that it already has space for a larger unit and more power.

The Ford Maverick Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and its battery to develop 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. Increasing its power by 30 horsepower is a significant increase. The hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in the city and up to 33 mpg on the highway.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine develops 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The gas-powered MAverick can tow up to 4,000 lbs, while the hybrid can only tow up to 2,000 lbs.

How much does the 2023 Maverick cost?

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The 2023 Ford Maverick PHEV would definitely bump up the prices a bit. Currently, the 2023 Maverick is expected to start at around $21,000. The price could increase due to high demand and cover the cost of inflation.

We know it’s been tough getting behind the wheel of a Maverick since the 2022 models sold out in the blink of an eye, but it’s almost time to get on the waitlist. The 2023 Maverick backlog opens in August.

A lot could be in the works, including a possible Ford Maverick ST model for racing. Even though the hybrid model can be paired with all-wheel drive, it might not be the only worthwhile upgrade.

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Norma A. Roth