Ford officially introduced an all-new Puma on June, 26, 2019. Which advantages does this compact crossover have? What will it attract buyers with? Is it worth spending money?
Prototypes of the Ford Puma have long confused the public with their uncertainty. Of course, we saw that the company was preparing a new crossover that reminded the Fiesta by its design and size.
Most importantly, Ford intends to enter the highly competitive small SUV segment with the Puma. However, many questions remained open until the official premiere, namely:
- What are the advantages of the Ford Puma compared to the rivals?
- Why is the Puma better than Europe’s most popular Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Volkswagen T-Cross or the Seat Arona?
The manufacturer itself distinguishes three features: the best-in-class cargo space, availability of a hybrid version and the newest active safety systems.
Really, capacity of 456 liters is one of the largest in the segment. But is such practicality important for a small SUV with sports stylistics?
At the same time, access to the luggage compartment is convenient, the rear door opens automatically.
The Ford Puma will have the EcoBoost Hybrid modification. A 48-volt electric system, a belt-driven starter/generator of 11.5 kW, a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine are the main elements of the system. The output totals 155 hp.
In addition, customers will be also offered a cheaper version with a single gasoline 125-hp engine.
The hybrid Puma may become a ‘trump card’ of the brand, if the price is kept adequate.
Active Safety Systems
The Puma is positioned as a mass model. Its safety level is high enough for such a car. Ford draws attention to adaptive cruise control, speed limiter recognition system, Lane Keep Assist.
A new Local Hazard Warning system warns of danger, informs about dangerous situations ahead before they will be noticed by the driver or car sensors.
The Ford Puma goes on sale in late 2019 and costs from 25,000 dollars.