Ford Puma will get a variety of powertrain choices including a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and a 48 V mild-hybrid unit
Ford’s recent strategy of eliminating sedans and giving more room to SUVs and crossovers takes an important step here, as the Puma is another SUV targetting volume sales across the globe. It will naturally be positioned between the EcoSport and the bigger Kuga.
The compact SUV made a brief appearance in the dimmed ambience at Amsterdam arousing anticipation. As time flies by, the Ford Puma is making its global premiere on June 26 and it has been teased in an official video. Posted by the Blue Oval’s Romanian division, the video shows a pixelated Puma that will shed down its blurriness ahead of the big launch.
The Puma will be manufactured at Ford’s Craiova plant in Romania and it will be built alongside the EcoSport. The American auto major will offer the Puma in a number of powertrain configurations from small capacity fuel-efficient petrol engines to the mild-hybrid units.
It will be powered by the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder petrol engine produced at the same facility while the range-topping models will use a mild-hybrid system with 48 V capacity pumping out a maximum power output of 155 horsepower. In developed markets, Ford will introduce the sportier ST variant as it has been spied testing already.
The Puma derives plenty of design cues from the Fiesta supermini and is said to have evocative and progressive appeal by Ford with a coupe-ish styling, short overhangs, heavily raked windshield, sleek headlamps with LED DRLs, trapezoidal front grille and so on. Several interiors bits will also be borrowed from the Fiesta.
It will have a high-riding stance and will be appealing to family buyers infused with practicality. Additionally, the top-spec models will get a range of driver assistance and safety features besides floating touchscreen infotainment system and a slew of convenience based technologies.