The soon-to-be-arriving 2023 Ford Maverick doesn’t see very many changes to its relatively simple model line, essentially staying very close to the 2022 model year. The trim level structure remains the same:
The XL (base trim level), the midrange XLT and the Lariat continues to be the range-topping model, but a new Tremor Off-Road Package has been added for 2023. We’ve ordered a Hybrid XLT with the Luxury and Black Appearance Packages, so we’re more than just a little interested in any news on this front…
The 2023 Ford Maverick gains two new wheel options within two packages.
- The Black Appearance Package has a set of 18-inch Unique Machined-face Ebony Aluminum wheels
- The Tremor Off-Road Package gets exclusive 17-inch Machined-face Tarnished Dark painted Aluminum wheels with Orange painted pockets
Two exterior colours have been dropped and two new colours have been added…
Deleted colours: Rapid Red & Velocity Blue
Added colours: Avalanche Gray & Atlas Blue Metallic (exactly the same as Velocity Blue, but different)
- Cruise Control is now standard on the 2023 Maverick (base) XL trim. Previously it was not available at all on the XL
- A urethane steering wheel continues to be standard on XL and XLT – without the Luxury Package.
- The XLT with the optional Luxury Package adds a soft vinyl wrapped steering wheel (it’s standard on the Lariat)
- As a comparison, the 2022 Maverick XLT trim with Luxury Package featured a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel as did the Lariat trim
So that really sucks if (like us) and you’ve ordered one thinking you’re getting a leather and heated steering wheel then – doesn’t it?
The (optional) Lariat Luxury Package adds SYNC 3 (Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with Pinch-To-Zoom technology, Sirius XM and Travel Link) – this was not available for the 2022 model year.
The 2023 Maverick powertrain line up remains unchanged from the 2022 model year, meaning the 2.5L I4 gasoline hybrid setup (a 1.1 kW battery with a 94 kW traction motor) remains standard.
And is rated at 191 hp and 155 lb.ft of torque and is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) front-wheel-drive.
The optional turbocharged 2.0L I4 EcoBoost engine is capable of 250 hp and 277 lb.ft of torque
Several features are now available on the ALL Maverick trim levels as stand-alone options, rather than being included as part of a package – as was so in 2022, when they were being only offered on the optional Lariat Luxury Package. These include:
- The bed tie down locking rails
- spray-in bedliner
- hard drop-in bedliner
- The remote start system is now offered as a stand-alone option on XLT and Lariat trims
Related: 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid – Mini-Test https://wp.me/pNEbw-2oT
The biggest changes to the 2023 Ford Maverick are to the package line-up…
The Tremor Off-Road Package, which can be outfitted on Maverick XLT and Maverick Lariat trims for an additional $2,995 (U.S.)
This includes a strong off-road tuned suspension with unique front and rear shocks, Trail Control, front skid plates for underbody protection, and Advanced 4WD.
It also features several selectable Drive Modes, allowing the driver to toggle between Normal, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Sand, and Mud & Ruts modes to optimize the truck’s performance.
The Tremor Package also includes: a heavy-duty transmission cooler; trailer hitch receiver with a four-pin connector and several package-specific exterior elements.
Exterior features that set a Tremor-equipped Maverick apart from its “regular” counterparts are: redesigned front bumper with improved approach angle; unique grille with Tremor Orange accents;
tow hooks; Black Chrome lighting elements – and the aforementioned 17-inch Machined-face Tarnished Dark Aluminum wheels with Orange painted pockets.
The Orange theme is carried into the vehicle’s interior, which features Black Onyx seats with Tremor Orange stitching and logos; All-weather floor mats and an off-road screen in the vehicle’s gauge cluster.
Opting for the Tremor Package also gives you the opportunity to get the Tremor Appearance Package ($1,495 U.S.) and adds a Carbonized Gray Graphic Decal on the vehicle’s hood and on the lower part of the doors, along with a Carbonized Gray roof and other accents.
The new Black Appearance Package (available on XLT and Lariat trims), adds black exterior and interior accents, including 18-inch wheels, door handles, a grille, mirrors, seats and headlamps.
This package cannot be combined with the Tremor Off-Road Package.
The 2023 Maverick is assembled at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico. Production began in late August 2022, so look for them arriving any time now – but good luck getting one!
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