Ford Maverick: Proper-hand drive ute not dominated out

Ford has left the door open for a right-hand drive model of its entrance/all-wheel drive Maverick ute.

“We have now checked out it,” stated Dianne Craig, president of the Worldwide Markets Group, which counts Australia amongst its represented markets, when requested whether or not it’s too late for a right-hook model.

“As I discussed concerning the F-150 right-hand drive conversion, that may actually open up some prospects for us. I feel we’ve gotta crack the code on that one first, and really feel actually good concerning the accomplice we’ve chosen.

“So keep tuned.”

This echoes remarks from the corporate’s chief monetary officer, John Lawler, who stated Ford could tweak its right-hand drive technique.

“We’re not strolling away from right-hand drive… [but] we could go about doing it a bit in another way,” stated Ford chief monetary officer John Lawler.

“However, is it turning into extra of a problem financially? It’s totally different now, as a result of it’s scale, and I feel the place the alternatives for us are is to maneuver in the direction of specialty autos.”

Whereas RMA Automotive will regionally remanufacture the F-150 in right-hand drive for Ford, it’s unclear whether or not the Blue Oval would pursue an analogous technique for the Maverick ought to or not it’s signed off for our market.

The Maverick shares its unibody C2 underpinnings with the likes of the Escape and Bronco Sport crossovers, and slots in underneath the body-on-frame Ranger in North America.

Measuring up at 5072mm lengthy on a 3076mm wheelbase, 1844mm broad, and 1745mm tall, the Maverick is 298mm shorter and 74mm narrower than a dual-cab Ranger.

The entry-level Maverick packs a 2.5-litre petrol engine packing 120kW of energy and 210Nm of torque, mated with an electrical motor making 94kW and 235Nm. Mixed, the Maverick hybrid has 143kW of energy and an undisclosed peak torque output.

It’s front-wheel drive solely, and places its energy to the highway by means of a CVT.

Braked towing capability for the hybrid is 907kg, and claimed gasoline financial system is 5.9L/100km on the EPA check cycle. Whatever the engine you select and which choices packing containers you tick, payload for the Maverick is 680kg.

Additionally supplied is a non-hybrid 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 186kW of energy and 373Nm of torque. It’s front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and may tow as much as 1814kg with the rights choices packing containers ticked.

There’s an non-compulsory FX4 bundle with all-terrain tyres and suspension, additional underbody safety, and off-road drive modes with hill descent management, whereas Ford additionally lately revealed a extra rugged-looking Tremor variant.

Normal braked towing capability is identical because the hybrid, at 907kg.

Like the larger F-150 and F-150 Lightning, the Maverick has had loads of love lavished on its tray. Ford says it can promote house owners a variety of storage choices, however there’s additionally help for DIY truckers who wish to use normal 2×4 wooden and a can-do angle to construct their very own.

Together with 12V energy, there are two 110V/400W energy retailers again there, and an array of tie-down factors in each the mattress and tailgate – the latter of which might help 227kg.

Inside, the Maverick is clearly associated to the Ford Escape.

An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen sits atop the dashboard operating Sync 3 software program with satellite tv for pc navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Storage areas abound. There’s house underneath the rear bench, an abundance of cubbies and cutouts within the dashboard, and an abundance of hooks and tie-downs within the again.

Three trim ranges are supplied: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Pricing begins US$20,995 ($31,084), and the Maverick battles the Tucson-based Hyundai Santa Cruz within the North American market.

Ford has beforehand stated the Maverick is interesting to youthful patrons, in addition to clients who haven’t owned a ute earlier than. Because the Ford with the bottom base value within the US, it’s additionally serving as a de facto alternative of types for the discontinued Focus.

If it had been to be launched in Australia, it might have basically no direct competitors given each pickup offered right here is body-on-frame, and most are powered by diesel engines.

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