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Ford Maverick Powered by Hybrid Engine and Integrated LTE

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After reviewing its F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning electric cars, Latest addition Ford’s electric to its range is the Maverick pickup.

It is scheduled to go on sale later this year with a base MSRP of $1,995.

Ford claims the Maverick is the first pickup truck to come standard with a hybrid powertrain.

Ford announced the name’s return last week, as it was used in the 1970s for a fuel-efficient coupe sedan.

The pickup truck features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with Ford’s first in-house designed electric motor.

A 94 kW battery unit delivers 191 horsepower to the two front wheels only.

While this setup is unexpected for a pickup, Ford is touting it as a way for people who didn’t know they needed a pickup truck and might have previously been looking for a sedan or crossover.

The truck targets an EPA fuel economy rating of 15 kilometers per liter, which gives it 800 kilometers of range on a single 52-liter tank.

And for folks who know they need a pickup and want more towing capacity from the 2WD hybrid setup and eCVT transmission, an optional fuel-engine version is available.

The fuel version has a 250-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. It is equipped with a turbocharger under the hood and an 8-speed automatic transmission. With options to add four-wheel drive. Plus specialized towing or off-road kits.

The hybrid version has a standard payload of 680kg, enough space to tow a standard ATV, and a towing capacity of 900kg. That’s enough capacity, Ford says, to tow a pair of jet skis or a compact, pop-up camper trailer.

The fuel version with the towing package can tow up to 1,820 kg.

Ford continues to push for electrification:

Along with the hybrid powertrain, the Maverick comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen display in the center console that’s compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Additionally there is FordPass Connect. It is a 4G LTE connection that can display WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices with multiple data plans available.

A number of driving aids are standard. But things like cruise control and Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 assist features, like lane centering and blind spot detection, are optional extras.

In addition to the steel wheels, the base XL model has two 12-volt power points. Available options can add two 400-watt electrical outlets for gadgets or entertainment.

And there’s the Lariat model, which adds features like Sync 3, an eight-speaker B&O audio system with subwoofer, wireless charging pad, dual-zone climate control, and more.

The mid-range XLT model is priced at $23,775. While the price of Lariat is about 26,985 dollars. There is a First Edition for $33,680.

Ford is trying to highlight hybrid power, which the company says makes it more fuel-efficient than the Honda Civic.

And if you want something that uses less fuel but isn’t a full electric car. It might be worth a look at Maverick when she hits the streets this fall.

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