The Ford Puma 2020: Details revealed on small SUV
Remember the Ford Puma of the late 90s? 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. And we doubt Steve McQueen will be digitally placed in the advert for added kudos.
“Our customers told us they want a compact vehicle with stand-out looks that also delivers solutions for everyday living. The result is our new Ford Puma,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe.
Based on the best-selling Ford Fiesta’s platform, the SUV-inspired compact crossover aims to fuse unique exterior styling with best-in-class uncompromised load space and sophisticated mild-hybrid powertrain technology.
Titanium and ST-Line trims will be available from launch, with Ford EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt technology offered on the 123hp and 153hp 1.0-litre petrol engines, enhancing fuel efficiency, performance and fun-to-drive character.
A 123hp version of the 1.0-litre engine will also be available without the mild-hybrid set-up, while a seven-speed automatic diesel will join the line-up after launch.
Bucking the trend for wedge-style crossover profiles, the Puma features a low, sloping roofline to differentiate itself from competitors. Pronounced wheel arches amplifying the sporty character, while the headlights are featured high up on the bonnet to differentiate the Puma from other Ford models. Extending forward to the instantly recognisable front grille, the headlamps give Puma a bold, aerodynamic front design.
The upscale interior promises to be innovative and inviting, with the Puma being the first vehicle in its segment to offer hands-free tailgate and Lumbar Massage Seat comfort and convenience technologies. A wireless charging pad, Bluetooth connectivity, SYNC3 infotainment system with touchscreen, smartphone mirroring, 12.3in digital instrument cluster and an optional 10-speaker B&O sound system also feature.
Other practical features include a full-length openable panorama roof, park assist, post-collision braking, adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go and new Local Hazard Information.
Perhaps the real head-turner is an ingenious flexible rear storage solution. This ‘Ford MegaBox’ allows you to lift the load bay floor, fold it against the back seat and use it as an additional flat storage area. The storage solution offers a capacity of 80 litres in a space 763mm wide, 752mm long and 305mm deep.
The regular boot promises best-in-class uncompromised load space and rear luggage space of 456 litres with the rear seats up.
The Ford Puma will be shown off at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed, with full pricing and specs due to be revealed at a later date.