The Fiesta-based Ford Puma competes against VW T-Cross and Renault Captur. Now he gets a diesel, a new transmission, and more extensive equipment. At the same time, prices are rising.
In early 2020, Ford rolled its all-new compact crossover Puma onto the road. Puma was the name of a small Fiesta-based coupe that Ford built from 1997 to 2001. The new Puma is 4.19 meters long, 1.93 meters wide and, at 1.54 meters, around 20 centimeters taller than its namesake from the 90s. While today hardly anyone buys small coupes – and hardly any are offered anymore – Ford is now building a crossover under the name Puma, which competes against competitors such as Renault Captur, Skoda Kamiq, and VW T-Cross. The Puma is built in the Romanian Ford plant in Craiova. There, Ford invested almost 1.5 billion euros in the production plant in 2008.
Even if the new Puma, like its eponym, is again related to the current Fiesta generation, it no longer has anything in common with it from the outside. The front grill looks powerful, the LED headlights are designed to remind of the GT super sports car and the fog lights complete the newly designed front view. In the side view, beads or the like have been omitted. The A-pillar is optically interrupted at the level of the side mirrors for a few centimeters. The tailgate is sensor-controlled, the taillights are also kept in LED technology.
Ford Puma Prices
Prices for the new Puma start at 24,000 euros for the 125-hp petrol engine in the Titanium equipment line. That will remain the basis, cheaper routes are currently not planned. ST-Line, Titanium X, and ST-Line X rank over Titanium. Now follows an even better-equipped line called ST-Line Vignale. For at least 29,600 euros there are, among other things, LED headlights, leather seats, leather optics for the dashboard, a sound system from Bang & Olufsen, and some visual body accents.
48 volt mild hybrid with 125 hp
So far, only the well-known 1.0 liter Ecoboost three-cylinder has been used under the curved bonnet. There are two power levels to choose from, with 125 HP and 155 HP. Both versions are equipped with cylinder deactivation. The ST-Line X motors have a mild hybrid drive with 48-volt technology. A belt-driven starter generator with an output of 16 hp supports at low speeds with additional torque. At the same time, the generator acts as a start-stop system. Already when coasting from speeds below 15 km / h, it switches off the engine, even if there is still a gear engaged – and reactivates the combustion engine within 300 milliseconds.
Ford is now adding a 1.5 liter, 120 hp four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine to its range. Combined with the titanium equipment, this model variant costs at least 25,650 euros. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for the 125-hp petrol engine without a 48-volt mild-hybrid is now also available. Surcharge: 1,800 euros.
Since the Puma is said to be one of the most agile within its competitive environment, it is equipped with a tightly tuned torsion beam rear axle compared to the Fiesta, with larger shock absorbers, stiffer chassis mounts, and optimized upper articulation points.
10 exterior colors and an innovative trunk
In the interior, the Puma cannot hide its proximity to its sister model, the Fiesta. A 12.3-inch instrument display is standard on ST-Line and ST-Line X. Ford Titanium and Titanium X it can be ordered for an additional charge. From the beginning, Ford has offered the Puma in three trim levels, Titanium, Titanium X and ST-Line X. The ST-Line equipment variant will follow from February 2020.
The Puma is available in a total of ten body colors (Blazer Blue, Frost White, Race Red, Mineral Silver, Obsidian Black, Lucid Red, Fancy Gray, Dynamic Blue, Magnetic Gray, and Metropolis- White). In the Titanium X equipment line, the covers of all seats are removable and washable thanks to the integrated zips.
All Puma have the Ford MegaBox with water drain plug as standard. The flexible, underfloor compartment made of the plastic holds up to 80 liters and is easy to clean with water, which can then be drained off using a drain screw. The loading floor above is made of 100 percent recycled paper and a water-based adhesive.
With the help of this honeycomb-shaped loading floor, the driver has three loading space options available. The higher position enables the use of the Ford MegaBox and at the same time forms a flat loading area. In the lowest setting, the storage volume can be maximized. The third option is to remove the flexible loading floor or stow it behind the backrests. The new Puma offers the maximum storage volume of up to 456 liters.
Ghost driver warner on board
For the first time in one of its B-segment models, Ford is offering a rearview camera with split-view technology. With their help, pedestrians, cyclists, and other objects behind the vehicle are to be recognized even better. Also, there is the blind spot assistant with cross-traffic alert. If necessary, the Traffic Jam Assistant gently brakes the vehicle down to a standstill and starts it again at the previously set speed. If the stop lasts longer than three seconds, simply press a button on the multifunction steering wheel or operate the accelerator pedal.
Thanks to the active parking assistant, the driver of the Puma receives support in finding a parking space as well as parking and exiting. In addition to the evasive assistant, which detects slower or stationary vehicles at city and highway speeds and helps to initiate an evasive maneuver with targeted steering impulses, a wrong-way driver warning function is also on board.
The vehicle uses the front camera and information from the navigation system to recognize when no entry signs have been overlooked and the driver is therefore considered a ghost driver. The cloud system in the Puma, which includes local hazard warnings, ensures enhanced security.
Start the engine remotely
Hazard warnings that are displayed on the 12.3-inch instrument panel at the appropriate time. The digital display can be customized and is part of the standard equipment in the equipment versions ST-Line and ST-Line X and is optionally available in the equipment Titanium and Titanium X.
The FordPass Connect modem is installed as standard for all versions, which can form a WLAN hotspot for up to ten mobile devices. At the same time, the FordPass app offers remote control functions such as checking the tank level and oil level as well as locking and unlocking or locating the vehicle. If the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available, the engine can be started by remote control.
Ford Puma: sports coupe from 1997 to 2001
Review: The first Puma (1997 to 2001) was built and developed by Ford in Cologne. The small two-door was powered by a manageable range of engines from 1.4-liter engines with 90 hp to a 103 hp 1.6 liter to 1.7 liters with 125 hp. The latter was the first Ford engine with variable camshaft control in Europe. By the way: Ford bought the trademark rights in 1995 from the Brazilian sports car manufacturer of the same name, who built vehicles based on DKW, VW, and GM.
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In addition to an innovative trunk design, the new Ford Puma offers almost any form of an assistance system for 24,000. The driving range extends to 155 hp, has the 48-volt option, and is now completed by a diesel unit and a dual-clutch transmission. Together with the beefy look and the supposedly agile driving behavior, the new Puma could become quite a best seller.