The Ford Puma will return in 2020
Remember the Ford Puma of the late 1990s? Well, it’s set to return, although this time the name will be on the back of a small crossover rather than a sporty coupe.
Aiming to take on the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, few details of the Puma have been confirmed, although Ford says it’ll get a sporty, athletic appearance that will borrow its styling cues from the Fiesta.
Ford released the first teaser pic (above) following the reveal of the all-new Kuga. The Puma will be smaller than the all-new Qashqai rival but is likely to be larger (and pricier) than Ford’s entry-level Ecosport crossover.
We can’t make much out from the sole photo Ford has released, but a curvy front end is evident that gets a rounded set of headlights. Ford has confirmed, however, it’ll benefit from 456 litres of luggage space – that’s more than many other small SUVs currently offer.
Sitting on the Fiesta’s platform will mean it’ll benefit from Ford’s new 48V mild-hybrid engines, with the range likely to be mostly made up of 1.0-litre Ecoboost options. This three-cylinder unit will be available with up to 155hp.
SUVs now account for more than one in five Fords delivered in Europe, with the segment growing 19% in 2018. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why the new Puma has taken on the shape of a crossover rather than its low-slung predecessor (above).
Stuart Rowley, Ford of Europe president said: “Innovatively engineered and seductively styled, we think Puma is going to really resonate with compact-car customers in Europe.
If you want a car that can turn heads on Friday night, and swallow your flat-pack furniture with ease on Saturday afternoon, then you’ve found it.”
We’ll bring you more pics and specifications when more details are revealed in the summer. Expect it to be available sometime next year.