Ford has left the door open for a right-hand drive model of its entrance/all-wheel drive Maverick ute.
“We now have checked out it,” mentioned 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 associate we’ve chosen.
“So keep tuned.”
This echoes remarks from the corporate’s chief monetary officer, John Lawler, who mentioned 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 a different way,” mentioned Ford chief monetary officer John Lawler.
“However, is it changing into extra of a problem financially? It’s completely different now, as a result of it’s scale, and I feel the place the alternatives for us are is to maneuver in direction of specialty autos.”
Whereas RMA Automotive will domestically remanufacture the F-150 in right-hand drive for Ford, it’s unclear whether or not the Blue Oval would pursue the same technique for the Maverick ought to it’s signed off for our market.
Measuring up at 5072mm lengthy on a 3076mm wheelbase, 1844mm extensive, 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 way of a CVT.
Braked towing capability for the hybrid is 907kg, and claimed gas financial system is 5.9L/100km on the EPA take a look at 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 optionally available FX4 bundle with all-terrain tyres and suspension, further underbody safety, and off-road drive modes with hill descent management, whereas Ford additionally not too long ago 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’ll promote homeowners a variety of storage choices, however there’s additionally assist for DIY truckers who wish to use normal 2×4 wooden and a can-do perspective to construct their very own.
Together with 12V energy, there are two 110V/400W energy shops again there, and an array of tie-down factors in each the mattress and tailgate – the latter of which might assist 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 area 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 mentioned the Maverick is interesting to youthful consumers, in addition to clients who haven’t owned a ute earlier than. Because the Ford with the bottom base worth within the US, it’s additionally serving as a de facto substitute of types for the discontinued Focus.
If it have been to be launched in Australia, it will have primarily no direct competitors given each pickup bought right here is body-on-frame, and most are powered by diesel engines.