A co-worker showed me one, and then I tuned him out when I heard "front wheel drive". No thanks, I'll keep my '95 F150 XL which sold for $14k brand new.
This is for the Metropolitan who might use it as a truck twice a year. This is more like the old 4 cyl Ranger but without all of the things that gave it the toughness to use like a truck. I foresee this being the new soccer mom ride of choice.
Yeah. That is CRAZY!!!! But....as long as there are guys willing to spend that kind of money, they will gladly keep charging astronomical prices. I just looked at what an XL costs to order, and even THAT is above the inflation rate by 5K.
I own a 2009 Hybrid Escape FWD with CVT. Never had a single problem in 150,000 miles. Yes, it is different. It took getting used to and I don't have annoying downshifts. or upshifts for that matter. The Maverick is a light duty pickup and will handle the CVT fine. Can't wait to test drive one.
There is still a market for single cab pickups. Otherwise the XL models wouldn't still have them as an option. It's that the "pickup fad" came along in the 90s along with astronomical prices that ended up taking a truck from one of the cheapest vehicles you could buy because it was considered and equipped to be utilitarian, to one of the most "expensive" vehicles you could buy because the "urban cowboy" crowd had to have all the bells and whistles on their rides to impress the young ladies at the "line dancing bars" with a truck that would NEVER be used as a truck.
Regular cabs are all-but-gone in the pickup market. SuperCrew (4 full doors) are the vast majority of sales. SuperCabs (2+2) make up a small percentage of the rest and regular cabs are practically special order. Chances of a regular cab? Zero percent. Chances of a SuperCab in the Maverick? Near zero.
At first, I thought a SuperCab would be perfect. But if the rear seats sacrificed leg room and became unusable but for smaller children, that would be pointless. And if you extend the length of the vehicle six inches, you're in Ranger territory. Ford seems to have made that decision by answering the question, "How do I get my 4x8s home from Home Depot?"
I would have to see the actual design, but I have NEVER been a fan of CVT transmissions. They have never really proven themselves reliable. Of course at the loads this will likely carry, it probably wouldn't be an issue. I think a manual trans and an automatic (real auto not the dual clutch things they seem to be putting in everything) would be a great option.
Ford licenses their hybrid drivetrain from Toyota. The Toyota hybrid CVT is not related at all to the belt or cone style cvt found in non-hybrids. It uses planetary gearsets just like in a normal auto but has 2 electric motors in addition to the engine. There are several videos showing the operation much better than I can explain in words
Not sure about that one. My Ranger just turned 250 on the odometer and has had only oil changes and one front end alignment since I bought it in 07. Best vehicle I've ever owned.