Ford’s new small crossover will be named the Puma. The moniker has thus made a comeback in the brand’s portfolio after a 17-year hiatus.
Unlike the previous Puma, which was a small coupe built between 1997 and 2002, the new one is described as an “SUV-inspired crossover” with emphasis on versatility. The automaker says it has “best-in-class luggage capacity and flexibility”, and a 456-liter (16.1 cu-ft) boot capacity.
The new Ford Puma is reportedly going to be marketed alongside the existing EcoSport as a sportier alternative rather that outright replacing it.
The 2020 Puma will use a mild-hybrid powertrain, combining the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine with a 48-volt belt-driven integrated starter/generator and delivering up to 155 PS (153 hp / 114 kW).
Ford will kick off production of the new Puma at the Craiova plant, in Romania, in the coming months. The facility has received investments of almost €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) since 2008. Sales of the car will commence at the end of the year, with Ford expected to make a full reveal in the summer.
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