By: Lisa Harper
Ford has taken the classic Puma name and slapped it onto its latest small SUV. The Fiesta-based model will be slightly wider, longer and taller than the Fiesta to offer more onboard space while delivering a new era of dynamic styling.
A new take on its already established SUV line-up the new Puma is described by Ford as an ‘SUV-inspired crossover. The fresh and seductive styling features aerodynamic flowing lines and has been developed under designer George Sardiakis. The low, sloping roofline creates a dramatic and instantly recognisable silhouette that bucks the trend for wedge-shaped SUVs. While the pronounced wheel arches create a sporty, ready-for-action stance.
As mentioned the new Ford Puma will be longer, wider and taller than the Fiesta, so will be noticeably roomier on the inside. Plus thanks to the dedication of the Project’s Chief Engineer, Norbert Steffens, every bit of available space has been utilised to its full potential.
The boot offers best in class space with a generous 456-litre capacity. While the versatile rigid boot floor can be fitted in three ways; low, mid and clipped out of the way. In the low setting, you can make the most of the additional space created by the cutout floor. In mid-height, it offers generous storage while when it is clipped out all the way, even tall items like fully-loaded golf bags can be loaded vertically.
As is becoming the norm, the new Ford Puma will be released with the option of a plug-in hybrid engine. Ford has said it will enhance fuel efficiency while adding to its fun character.
Combining a tweaked version of Ford’s one-litre Ecoboost with an 11.5kW integrated starter/generator (known as a BISG) it will be available in both 123bhp and 153bhp outputs; the more powerful of which will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The BISG will be connected to the engine via a belt. This will allow energy recovery during coasting while also supporting the engine during acceleration. Ford has said that this will mean the 48V model will achieve carbon emissions of just 124g/km.
On top of that, Ford has announced that the three-cylinder engine will be able to switch to running on two-cylinders to help save fuel. While the start/stop engine will lead to effortless fuel savings, as the BISG will be capable of restarting the engine in just 300 milliseconds.
Ford's inclusion of hybrid assistance has reduced the engine compression ratio meaning a larger turbocharger can be fitted. This will help to prevent mitigate turbo lag and keep the engine turning faster for better performance at lower speeds.
Marking a new era, the new Puma is available with a host of upmarket options. It will be one of Ford’s first models to offer local hazard information on the go, streaming live updates on congestion, crashes, ice and potholes. While further driver-assistance features like adaptive cruise control with stop and go, speed sign recognition and lane centring will ensure a stress-free drive wherever you are heading.
You can expect a host of luxuries too as it will be the first vehicle in the segment to offer a hands-free tailgate and lumbar massage seat comfort for added comfort and convenience on your daily drive.
The Ford Puma will go on sale at the end of the year. So if you want to be one of the first to hear about the official release date, then why not get in touch with your local Stoneacre Ford dealership.
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