If you are in the market for a 2022 Ford Maverick truck, you must currently choose between outstanding fuel economy or superior off-road ability. That’s because the Maverick Hybrid truck is only available with front-wheel-drive. If you desire all-wheel-drive, you must opt for the more powerful (but less efficient) 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas version. As seen elsewhere in Ford’s lineup, customers are increasingly demanding AWD in their trucks and SUVs. Ford isn’t the type of company to ignore consumer preferences, which is why this option will likely come to the Maverick Hybrid truck very soon.
Speaking with Ford at the Maverick truck launch, the company’s engineers mentioned they were experimenting with a few methods to add AWD to the hybrid drivetrain. One option was to use the same setup as the Escape Hybrid with a small electric motor driving the rear wheels. Another was to use a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which appears to be the path Ford will go with.