The blue oval’s local arm has confirmed that it will bring in the mild hybrid variant of its Puma compact crossover in the second quarter of 2022.
The model is set to become Ford’s cheapest local electrified offering, playing wingman to the Escape plug-in hybrid that arrived earlier this year, as well as the upcoming E-Transit commercial.
The arrival is perfectly timed to mesh with the government’s upcoming Clean Car Standard scheme, which is set to kick off in April 2022. Expect to see more manufacturers announce low-emission models with a similar Q2-based timeline.
Pricing for the Puma hybrid has yet to be confirmed, although Ford New Zealand did reveal in its statement issued earlier today that it will be offered in two different specs; a standard Puma MHEV variant and a sportier ST-Line model.
Each makes use of a 48-volt hybrid system paired to a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, rated for 92kW of power and 210Nm of torque. This is combined with a slightly larger turbocharger and a more relaxed compression ratio.
Like most hybrid powertrains, it boasts energy regeneration. The added 11.5kW belt-driven integrated starter motor/generator also acts as a mild torque fill when required, while also aiding as a power source for on-board electrics.
Ford claims the powertrain is capable of returning consumption figures of 5.4L/100km (a nine per cent improvement on ordinary pure petrol models) and 112g/km in CO2 emissions.
“Our customers love their new Ford Pumas,” says Ford New Zealand passenger and SUV marketing manager Rachel White.
“We get fantastic feedback, particularly on its stylish design, clever interior and great driving characteristics. Adding the Mild Hybrid next year will increase its appeal even further and give those looking for an electrified solution a fantastic choice.”
To read our comparison between the Ford Puma ST-Line petrol and the Toyota Yaris Cross Limited, click here.