Ford reveals new Puma

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Words: Nile Bijoux
27 Jun 2019

Ford has taken the wraps off its new Puma, a smart little crossover riding on Fiesta bones.

While the Puma was once a little coupe, based on the Fiesta from the late 1990s, it’s now a five-door SUV. This one too is based on Fiesta bones, but is 46mm longer, 54mm higher, 71mm wider and has a 95mm longer wheelbase than its donor car.

The grille is standard Ford fare while the headlights are raised up a bit higher than the company’s other SUVs. ST-Line models get DRLs inspired by the GT supercar too. Ride height is jacked compared with the Fiesta too, which probably won’t come as a surprise.

Inside is more Fiesta influence with a similar dash and the SYNC3 infotainment system. On some models, a digital display in front of the driver and massaging front seats feature. Ford has included the good safety tech too with active cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-keep assist as standard.

For extra money, Ford will include the CoPilot 360 limited autonomous system which lets the cruise control system work in stop/start traffic. A wide-angle rear camera offers 180 degrees of vision and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

If you want to personalise your Puma, the front and rear seats have zippable covers allowing owners to mix and match patterns and colours. It means they can also be washed if the kids rub chocolate all over them. Boot space is rated at 456L, helped by a low set cargo floor.

Powertrains consist of a 1.0-litre turbo triple with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, coming in either 92kW or 114kW flavours. There will also be a diesel option launching later but it’s a no to AWD versions.

Unfortunately for us, Ford hasn’t confirmed if the Puma will make it to New Zealand roads just yet.

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