Ford caused an entire sandstorm when it unveiled the Maverick small pickup truck. This segment was unexplored for a time before Ford and Hyundai brought us back to the practicality and fun these tiny pickups are. The Maverick is a cult hit in its field, and it has become the smallest pickup in a matter of minutes. However, indeed, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is always a hot target.
The biggest advantage that Maverick has Maverick offers over Santa Cruz is pricing. In addition, the standard hybrid powertrain is one of 2024 Ford Maverick’s most valuable assets. It’s got enough horsepower to turn into a fast-paced running vehicle, with impressive MPG numbers that can beat some bread-and-butter vehicles in the dust. However, given the recent leak of details of the new pricing for 2024 Ford’s Maverick could it be able to compete with Hyundai’s small pickup?
The price increase for the 2024 Ford Maverick is likely to happen as does the decision of Ford to make the hybrid engine an option. However, to level play the game, Ford will reportedly surprise us by offering more standard features on its 2024 Ford Maverick. Despite all the possible advantages and disadvantages, the Maverick’s arch-rival is still the stylish Hyundai Santa Cruz. But things are about the increase in excitement with the potential 2024 Ram Rampage and the upcoming Toyota Stout entering the compact pickup scene very soon.
2024 Ford Maverick Pricing
The most important change to the 2024 Ford Maverick is Ford’s smallest pickup is becoming more costly. According to the Maverick Truck Club forum, The 2024 Ford Maverick is anticipated to launch at $23,400, and then go up to $34,885 for its top-spec Lariat version. The 2023 Maverick On its own, begins with a price tag of $22,595 before topping out at more than $30,000. In contrast, the 2023 and previous Maverick models are more cost-effective as compared to the more expensive 2024 Ford Maverick.
The pricing for the 2024 Ford Maverick appears as if it’s a disappointment since not only is it becoming more expensive however, but Ford is also switching the hybrid powertrain to the gasoline turbocharged powertrain as the default engine choice for the 2024 Maverick. The 2023 Maverick is however equipped with an option of a standard Hybrid and turbocharged gasoline engines.
The most interesting thing about Maverick was that 2024 Ford Maverick was its standard hybrid engine choice. There isn’t a single automaker with an engine that is hybrid as a standard feature in its cars. This choice helped Ford get an edge over its competitors in MPG figures. However, due to the difficulty to meet the demands for electric and hybrid battery packs, Ford was falling behind in the delivery of the 2022-2023 Maverick models. This was one of the primary reasons Ford decided to offer its Maverick’s 2.5-Liter hybrid engine an option as well as the 2.0-Liter turbocharged inline-4 as the standard choice.
Apart from the switch for the standard powertrain options, Ford hasn’t fiddled with the performance figures for the turbocharged four or engine hybrids. This new engine which is the 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder cranks out 250 horsepower and 277 pounds of torque. An eight-speed automated transmission transmits energy to the front wheel, as the standard. All-Wheel-Drive is available as an option.
The option 2.5-Liter hybrid four-cylinder is still a cinch to crack in the MPG graph. It produces 191 horsepower and the torque is 155 lb-ft. But, unlike the gasoline-only models, The Maverick Hybrid is only offered in the FWD version that comes with the CVT gearbox. The powertrain that is gas-only offers greater enjoyment with its acceleration and top speed. In addition, due to the rise in MSRP, the incredibly efficient hybrid Mavericks have begun to slip out of their Value-for-Money bubble.
The 2024 Ford Maverick comes with a variety of new safety and assistance features. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) and Lane Keeping Systems are standard today. Within the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite features such as Adaptive Cruise Control including Stop and Go, Lane-Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, and rear Park Sensors come as standard with the 2020 Maverick.
Although Ford hasn’t changed the Maverick design for 2024 in any significant way it has added new colors: Azure Gray, Azure, and Terrain. The latter one is akin to the shade used in the 2023 Ford Bronco. The rearview mirrors have been coated in black to create more contrast in the colors. Ford was forced to eliminate some of its older features to allow for the “new” features. For instance, the Tremor Off-Road Plus appearance package is no longer available. Ford has also taken away some of the color options that were available too. They are Area 51, Avalanche Gray, Alto Blue, and Cyber Orange.
When Will The 2024 Ford Maverick Reach Dealerships?
Although the price increase may seem like a problem, Ford has tried to make up for its higher-priced 2024 Maverick with several innovative traditional designs, and technological as well as safety options. The orders for the 2024 Ford Maverick are expected to open soon and are expected to hit dealerships at the end of the third quarter of 2023. For those of you who are hoping to purchase the 2023 Maverick Hybrid to help offset the likely impossible cost increase. Ford is currently struggling to meet the demands of current orders. With 2024 MY coming up it is likely that the 2023 Maverick particularly the hybrid version, is not available for purchase.