The well-known Maverick nameplate came back after lengthy hiatus. The new model competes in the newly-established segment of compact unibody pickups and considering that it is still fresh, it makes perfect sense to expect no bigger changes for the second production year when the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid is about to come. The overall layout will remain the same, including the powertrain. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no chances to see some novelties.
If we can trust rumors, it looks like the Blue Oval company prepares a new powertrain option. We are talking about a plug-in hybrid version, which would probably feature the same system that can be found in the Ford Escape PHEV. Other than that, things would remain pretty much the same as in the current model. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid won’t arrive much earlier than usual, which means sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid Powertrain
The thing with this pickup is that it comes with a pretty efficient hybrid powertrain on the offer. It is a system that combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, for a total output of 191 horsepower. Like in every proper hybrid car, which system comes in pair with a CVT gearbox. As you may presume, this version isn’t particularly capable regarding towing and performance in general. However, it’s characterized by a pretty amazing fuel economy. You may count on about 40 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, according to the Blue Oval company officials.
The 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid will continue in the same way, but we could also see a plug-in hybrid on the offer in the next year. This particular version will be more capable. We would expect to see a max output of around 220 horsepower. Also, this model would probably come with the same 14.4-kWh battery pack as in the Escape PHEV, which would ensure more than 30 miles of the all-electric range.
2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid Design
Other than the new powertrain, the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid will continue in the same way. This means that you may count on a compact pickup that comes with lots of untypical design solutions, starting from a unibody platform. Most of the parts are shared with the Ford Bronco Sport, especially in terms of mechanics. The suspension setup is similar, as well as the ride quality. The latter is definitely one of the Maverick’s strong points, as it’s notably smoother compared to traditional body-on-frame pickups.
Visually, we don’t expect any particular change compared to the 2022 model. The styling will certainly remain the same, though we don’t exclude the possibility to see things like new color options, or maybe a new appearance package.
The same thing should happen with the interior design. We expect that the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid will carry on with the same cabin design, which comes with a lot of things in common with the Bronco Sport. This particularly refers to the dashboard design, which looks virtually the same. The overall interior quality is pretty good, while we also like how everything looks inside this small pickup.
Although we are talking about a compact pickup, there’s a lot of space inside the cabin. Every Maverick comes with a crew cab design, which accommodates adults pretty comfortably in both rows. On the other hand, the 4-foot 6-inch cargo bed isn’t spectacular but still offers decent functionality.
Once again, it’s hard to expect bigger changes in a model that represents the second production year. Therefore, we presume that the list of standard equipment will be pretty similar to the current model. So, all models should come with keyless entry, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Additionally, there are upgrades like HD Radio, satellite radio, an 8-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and two additional USB ports, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, cruise control, ambient interior lighting, a moonroof, and a power-locking tailgate.
The same thing goes for safety features. All models should come standard with things like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams. We also count on upgrades like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist etc.
2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 20.000 dollars. Of course, the new Hyundai Santa Cruz will remain the key competitor.