Ford’s new compact pickup has made its auto show debut in Chicago.
With Detroit becoming an outdoor event in September and New York rescheduled for August, the 2021 Chicago Auto Show marks the long-awaited return of US auto shows after all three were canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The 2022 Ford Maverick (available Fall 2021) is the first standard full-hybrid pickup in America with a targeted EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating of 40 mpg, all starting at an MSRP of $19,995. The all-new Maverick reintroduces the compact pickup truck to the masses, bringing smart technology and flexible cargo solutions for a new segment of customers. This truck doesn’t compromise one thing in terms of Built Ford Tough DNA, offering 1,500 pounds of standard payload capacity and up to 4,000 pounds of max towing capacity – enough for an average 21-foot boat.
Measuring 199.7 inches long and 72.6 inches wide with a 121.1-inch wheelbase, the Maverick is Ford’s smallest pickup, slotting below the Ranger.
The model on display at the show is based on the range-topping Lariat trim, which includes leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a six-way passenger seat as standard. Finished in Rapid Red, the show truck is also equipped with the First Edition Package.
This optional $1,495 package adds unique decals for the hood and lower doors, along with a high gloss black roof, body-color door handles, black skull mirror caps, and a soft-folding tonneau cover. It’s worth noting, however, that the First Edition Package also requires you to add the Luxury Package and Ford Co-Pilot360, which increases the price. It’s also only available for AWD variants with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is rated at 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.
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