The Ford Puma is returning as a crossover

Sleek newcomer will be officially released later in 2019

04 April 2019 - 11:01 By AFP Relaxnews
The first shot of the new Ford Puma.
The first shot of the new Ford Puma.
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The Puma is back at Ford. The one-time coupé is set to return in the form of a crossover in late 2019. In the meantime, the American automaker has offered a first glimpse of this new model.

Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe, gets straight to the point: "... we think Puma is going to really resonate with compact-car customers in Europe ... We've gone to every length to give customers the flexibility they want, with progressive and evocative styling, so that they can drive the best-looking car they've ever owned."

The first image of the car, shrouded in darkness, offers a glimpse of a vehicle with a raised ride height and athletic styling, including distinctive wing-top mounted headlamps. Ford also promises a class-leading luggage capacity of 456 litres.

The Ford Puma will get an 86kW EcoBoost Hybrid engine with anticipated fuel efficiency from 5.4l/100km and CO2 emissions from 124g/km. Ford also explains that energy recovered during braking and coasting phases is used to charge a 48‑volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack.

The Ford Puma will be produced at the automaker's Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania. At first glance, this new model appears to be lined up as a rival to the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008.