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CarsThe Ford Puma is back – as a small SUV

12:10  04 april  2019
12:10  04 april  2019 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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The small SUV will be built at Ford 's plant in Craiova, Romania, and could be called Puma , French analyst firm Inovev said. The model debut at the The Ford is bringing back the Puma , but not as a sports coupe. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 3, 2019 – Ford today revealed the first image of the

The new Ford Puma SUV will be available as a 48V mild hybrid. A 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost turbo petrol engine is paired with a belt-driven Bosses secretly believe that demand for the new Ford Puma crossover SUV will see the factory operate at capacity just to serve eager European customers.

The Ford Puma is back – as a small SUV © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Ford Puma SUV teaser The Ford Puma is making a comeback, and will switch from a two-door coupe famously ‘driven’ by Steve McQueen in the 1990s, into a Fiesta-based small SUV to take on the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.

Ford gave a preview of the new car, hidden behind smoke and lasers, at its big Go Further briefing event in Amsterdam. The Puma will be revealed in full this summer, and go on sale later in 2019.

The new Puma SUV will not replace the Ecosport, says Ford. Rather, it will line up between that and the larger Kuga, which itself has just been revealed in all-new guise.

Collectively, the Ecosport and Kuga clocked up 65,000 sales between them in Britain last year, which the firm won’t want to lose. It hopes the new Puma will find many more additional buyers instead.

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Once upon a time, the Ford Puma prowled the streets of Europe as a small , smartly styled front-wheel-coupe. The all-new Puma joins Ford ’s expanding line-up of SUV and SUV -inspired crossover models in Front seats feature a sculpted slim- back design that maximises knee clearance for second row

The Ford Puma badge hasn’t been seen on a car for 17 years, but the company has just brought back the name from the dead – not on a coupé but on an SUV . The new Puma is designed to plug the gap in Ford ’s line-up between the EcoSport and the forthcoming new Kuga.

Other rivals for the new Puma include the Volkswagen T-Cross, Seat Arona and forthcoming Skoda Kamiq.

Ford Puma: a crossover SUV

The Ford Puma is back – as a small SUV © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Ford Puma SUV teaser close-up

Obscured by a laser light show, the lines of the new Ford Puma can still be made out. It appears compact and, like its rivals, should offer a ‘Fiesta-plus’ look and dimensions.

The car has a tough, chunky stance, sits higher off the ground than a Fiesta and has exaggerated features, including its grille and wheelarches.

Curvaceous side lines feed into bold haunches at the rear, while a coupe-like window line that gets shallower at the back nods to the Puma’s coupe heritage.

The new Puma is far more stylish than the boxier, more 4×4-like Ecosport and, says Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley, will “turn heads on Friday night, and swallow your flat-pack furniture with ease on Saturday afternoon.”

Practicality has been a real focus for the Puma development team. It will provide ‘best-in-class’ luggage capacity, with a 456-litre boot – much bigger than many family hatchbacks.

The deep boot is a result of customer demand, says Ford. It’s so big, it will swallow two golf bags standing upright.

“Innovatively engineered and seductively styled, we think Puma is going to really resonate with compact-car customers in Europe… they [will] drive the best-looking car they’ve ever owned.”

Puma power

The Ford Puma is back – as a small SUV © Provided by Motoring Research Ltd Ford Puma Tease

The new Ford Puma SUV will be available as a 48V mild hybrid. A 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost turbo petrol engine is paired with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator – that’s a starter motor that can also operate as an electric motor.

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Ford has unveiled the Puma in Europe, a brand new crossover that 's a bit bigger than the EcoSport and is packed full of advanced technology features. The New Ford Puma Crossover Is Tiny, Weird-Looking, and Probably Coming to the U.S. The Fiesta-based Puma is a bit bigger than the EcoSport

Ford is bringing back the Puma , but not as a sports coupe. Instead, it will take the shape of a small crossover positioned between the EcoSport and Kuga. Not that it comes as a big surprise, but power will be provided by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost unit produced at the very same plant where

With energy supplied by a lithium-ion battery back, it allows extended engine stop-start and also provides an electric drive boost to ‘fill in’ gaps in engine power.

Ford has therefore been able to fit a much larger turbocharger, which is why the Ecoboost Hybrid Puma will produce a punchy 155 horsepower. Fuel consumption will be low too, promises the firm.

Other engines will be available, including non-hybrid versions of the fuel-sipping Ecoboost petrol.

Ford will build the new Puma at its factory in Croatia. It is, however, described as an SUV for Europe, meaning exports to markets such as North America are unlikely.

Bosses secretly believe that demand for the new Ford Puma crossover SUV will see the factory operate at capacity just to serve eager European customers.

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