Ford has officially taken the covers off the all-new 2020 Puma.
Whereas the original Puma built between 1997 and 2002 was a sporty, two-door coupe, this latest model is a… small SUV. Its B-segment classification indicates that it’s intended to rival the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke.
Visually, the Puma borrows styling cues from other models in Ford’s small car range. Up front, there’s an Escape-inspired grille with sporty lower intakes (on the pictured ST-Line model) and LED headlights, while around the side there are rims up to 19 inches in diameter. At the rear, the LED taillights are mounted high up on the body, complemented by a body-coloured lower diffuser, single exhuast tip and ‘PUMA’ badging across the tailgate.
The interior is standard Ford of Europe fare, with an 8.0-inch Sync 3 central infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, digital radio and satellite navigation. It also benefits from an all-new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, in addition to a 180-degree rear camera, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, wireless phone charging and massaging seats.
Where the Puma differs greatly from the Fiesta hatch that it is based on is in the boot. Ford claims there is 456 litres of space with all seats in place, 80 of which comes from an underfloor storage area accessible by lifting a solid cover.
A single engine will be offered at launch: a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, complemented by a 48-volt mild hybrid system that improves fuel economy. It will be available in two tunes – 92kW (125PS) and 114kW (155PS) – that consume between 5.4 and 5.6 litres of fuel per 100km. Drive is sent to the front wheels – no all-wheel-drive option is available – through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission.
A 1.5-litre turbo-diesel producing 88kW/300Nm will be offered at a later date, paired to the same transmission choices.
Ford’s full CoPilot360 safety suite will be offered, which consists of autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automated parking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The new Ford Puma goes on sale in Europe later this year.