The Ford Puma has a very impressive and sporty styling. Its also very well equipped on the interiors and comes with a 1.0L, Ecoboost engine with mild-hybrid tech.
We just reported yesterday that Ford will be unveiling the Puma today and as you would have it, the wraps have been taken off the Puma. The Puma was once a sporty coupe sold in the 1990s and 2000s in the international market but now, keeping up with trends of the time we are in, the Puma is reborn as a compact crossover.
It may not be sporty coupe anymore, but it still looks like a sporty crossover, given Ford’s new design language. However, with the steeply raked windscreen and rear glass area, one might mistake it as a jacked up hatchback as well. The face looks very happy with the rounded headlamps and Blue Oval’s signature hexagonal front grille that continues below on the bumpers as well.
The LED DRLs in the headlamps are rather cool and the front bumper with the fog lamp housing is very well contoured. The rear gets C-shaped LED wrap around tail lamps, a tail gate spoiler, sporty looking bumper and a trapezoidal chrome exhaust tip. Other design highlights include short overhangs at the front and rear, roof done in piano black, rounded wheel arches and machined alloy wheels.
Moving on to the inside, the interior design is pretty much familiar to what we have already seen in cars from Ford. There’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with FORD SYNC3 tech, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation as well. However, the biggest highlight on the interiors have to be the new 12.3 inch fully digital instrument cluster. It is quite customizable and sure looks cool.
The Ford Puma has a pretty large boot at 465 liters and it also has a trick up its sleeve. Remove the floor bed cover and you will find another rectangular drop-down section beneath the floor in the Puma’s backside that can be used to store several more items. On the features front, the Puma gets a 10-speaker B&O audio, hands free tailgate, adaptive rear parcel shelf, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Emergency Brake Assist, TPMS, ESC, ESA, adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous parking assist, etc.
Coming to heart of the Ford Puma, it will be powered by a 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The engine allows for stop-start functionality and will be offered in two states of tune – a 123 bhp variant and a 152 bhp variant. A diesel option is said to be coming further down the road, but regardless of the engine, all power goes just to the front wheels. No all-wheel-drive option is available. The engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
As we reported earlier, Ford has plans of bringing three new SUVs to India in the near future. The Ford Puma might as well be one of them. If it comes to India, it will be positioned above the EcoSport but there has been no word about it yet, officially. But it sure looks handsome and it would be very nice to see it hit our shores.