The return of the Ford Puma…with a different body style
Ford’s latest model is resurrecting the Puma name, coupling it with a crossover-style car to satiate the growing compact SUV market.
Many drivers will remember the old Ford Puma: a sporty coupé produced until mid-2002. However, the new model is nothing like its ancestor – it’s a chunky compact SUV set to rival the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.
The exterior design tips it’s hat to the old Puma with similarly shaped headlights. Otherwise, the bulky silhouette is defined by sloping lines and prominent wheel-arch outlines. ST-Line models get a rear roof spoiler and upgraded alloys for a sportier style.
Inside, many components are taken from the Fiesta. An 8” display sits centre-stage, positioned at eye-level to allow drivers a greater view of the road when operating the system. That’s not the only screen in the vehicle: the instrument panel is digitally displayed on a 12.3” screen, fully-configurable to the user’s desire. Apple Car Play and Android Auto come as standard, whilst the optional B&O sound system adds an enriched audio experience unique to Ford.
The boot space of the compact SUV is a class-leading 456-litres. This is thanks to what Ford calls it’s ‘MegaBox’. Using a multitude of levels and inserts, the boot can be configured to hold items of different heights and sizes, or to conceal items. Watch Ford’s official video below for an in-depth explanation.
Video courtesy of Ford Europe via YouTube.
The Puma will be offered with petrol and diesel engines, the smallest petrol being a 1.0-Litre EcoBoost unit producing 125PS. The next engine up is the same 1.0-Litre engine tuned to make 155PS. Both engines can be built with EcoBoost Hybrid Technology, which adds additional performance through increased torque (+50Nm), as well as reduced emissions & fuel usage.
The Ford Puma will go on sale in late 2019.