Ford has confirmed its rival to the Nissan Juke, the Puma, is bound for Australia in the second half of 2020.
Revealed in June 2019, the Fiesta-sized crossover is pitched as a premium offering. The only engine available was a 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost Hybrid with 92kW or 114kW at its European launch, however conventional petrol and diesel options will also be available.
Ford Australia hasn't confirmed which engine options will be available, but we'd suggest a non-hybrid petrol EcoBoost engine is the most likely option at launch given the brand has previously focused on the Escape plug in-hybrid as its electrified hero.
Although the European range is currently manual-only, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is in the works – and looms as the most likely transmission for Australia, given our market's love of two-pedal cars.
Inside, the Puma borrows heavily from the Fiesta and Focus. It has a high-set infotainment screen with Ford's latest Sync infotainment system, while the driver is faced with a digital instrument cluster.
The boot has a Qashqai-beating 456L of space, including an 80L waterproof box under the boot floor, complete with a drain plug to make cleaning easier.
As we've previously reported, the Puma will be available with Co-Pilot 360. That's the full suite of Ford active safety technologies, with adaptive cruise, lane-centring, traffic-sign recognition, active park assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and AEB.
Pricing for the Puma hasn't been confirmed, nor has its detailed standard equipment lists. Stay tuned for more as we approach the Puma's launch later this year.