Dropping the Standard Ford Maverick Hybrid Is 1 Massive Mistake
We hope you already have your Ford Maverick Hybrid model because this little fuel-efficient truck might be getting harder to find. Rumors suggest that the 2024 Ford Maverick is dropping the hybrid powertrain as the standard engine option. Let’s investigate this potential mistake.
Is the 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid getting discontinued?
No, but the 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid might get dropped as the standard powerplant option in favor of the more potent 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine. Don’t panic, you might be able still to snag the hybrid. This could be the result of ongoing supply chain issues.
Ford Authority cites heavily constrained production of Maverick Hybrid models as the reason for this lineup change. There are missing commodities, such as batteries, that are making it impossible to complete hybrid models.
Ford attempted to ramp up Maverick production at the Hermosillo assembly plant in Mexico. Production improved to 11,061 models through the year’s first quarter, and a third shift may be added.
But you can’t build more trucks with missing parts. This isn’t a new issue. Waiting time for the Maverick Hybrid has been much longer than the gas-powered counterparts.
The hybrid truck accounts for 73% of the Maverick’s demand, but the production capacity is limited to 35%. 2023 Maverick orders will probably be pushed back until 2024, and hybrid orders might not be completed.
Don’t be surprised if a new initiative rolls out to try and convert hybrid orders to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas-powered engine.
What’s so great about the 2023 Maverick Hybrid?
Buyers are attracted to the 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid because it offers an affordable entry-level price, utility, and decent reliability. The 2023 Maverick Hybrid has an MSRP of $22,595. Midsize trucks start at $28,000 or higher.
Upgrading to the EcoBoost engine doesn’t add any extra fees, which is a nice perk to consider. Especially because the EcoBoost engine can be paired with AWD and the towing package, it can tow up to 4,000 lbs, while the Maverick Hybrid maxes out at 2,000 lbs.
But people are attracted to the fuel savings that the Maverick Hybrid has to offer. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and up to 33 mpg on the highway with a range of 511 miles.
The EcoBoost Maverick gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and up to 29 mpg on the highway. Even though it’s not as good on gas, at least it has shorter waiting times.
How much does the 2024 Maverick Hybrid cost?
The 2024 Ford Maverick Hybrid model starts at $26,495. The hybrid powertrain is being dropped as the standard engine option. To upgrade from the EcoBoost engine to the hybrid powertrain costs $1,500.
The 2024 Maverick starts at $24,995, so it has a $2,400 increase before the destination fee, acquisition fee, and dealership markups have been added. The Maverick Hybrid could start closer to $28,000, like bigger trucks.
This stinks because you could save with the hybrid despite losing AWD and some towing power. Now it’s the more expensive and less capable option. Also, what happened to selling the Maverick for $20,000?
Ford just can’t do it! The Ford F-150 Lightning was promised at much lower prices too. But supply chain issues are ruining all the fun as prices climb. The hybrid engine is no longer standard, which was important to the Maverick’s success.
Stay tuned for updates about how the demand, production, and supply chain issues pan out. Ford will provide a production update in August, and the 2024 Maverick order banks should open soon.