The all-new Ford Puma crossover has been revealed on the company’s UK website, ahead of the model's European sales launch later this year.
UPDATE, 26/6/19: The original version of this article stated the Puma would be available with petrol only and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains according to the UK website, this is not the case. According to Ford UK’s consumer site, the only powertrains mentioned are hybrid ones.
Full specifications are still to be detailed, though the Puma looks to be on the smaller size of the compact SUV segment, closer in size to the likes of the Hyundai Kona, aforementioned Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke as opposed to larger rivals like the Nissan Qashqai.
The design is unique compared to the Fiesta and Fiesta Active, with a snout inspired by the new-generation Kuga/Escape, along with a sloping roofline and muscular haunches to give it a more sporting aesthetic than its hatchback equivalent.
LED technology has been used for the headlights and tail-lights, though it is a high-spec ST-Line X model shown in the images. That means the fancier lights are likely optional or reserved for higher grades.
In terms of powertrains Ford has confirmed the Puma will be available with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder petrol engine in 125PS (92kW) and 155PS (114kW) tunes with hybrid assistance. It’s unclear whether any non-hybrid versions will be available.
A six-speed manual has been confirmed (and pictured), which Ford says “has been optimised to make gear selection easier, more precise and quieter”. Automatic options are likely as well.
Despite being an entry-level offering, at least in terms of Ford’s crossover line-up, the Puma will be available with a range of high-end technologies and comfort features.
A customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be offered, as will Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system with 4G WiFi hotspot and FordPass Connect app features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 575W B&O sound system with 10 speakers, and a lumbar massage function for the front seats with three settings.
Other available features include a full-length panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, emergency steering assist, selectable drive modes, a rear-view camera, and a semi-autonomous parking assistant – the safety systems are part of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite.
Ford hasn’t detailed the Puma’s cargo capacity, though the crossover will have a MegaBox underfloor stowage compartment which adds 80L of extra capacity and can house items up to 115mm tall, 60:40 split rear seats, an adjustable parcel shelf, and an available hands-free electric tailgate with foot-operated gesture function.
We’ll have to wait until Ford of Europe fully details its new crossover for more information.
As for Australia, the company’s local division issued the following statement: “As an announcement for European markets, this news has no bearing on our Australian product offering”.
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