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28-06-2019 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Newest Generation of Ford Puma is a Mini-SUV

Patrick Schäfer

At the end of the 90s, Ford released its Puma sport coupé, which was based on the Fiesta model. Now the Puma is back. Once again, it has been based on the Fiesta, but this time, it is a mini-SUV.

The Ford Puma is based on the architecture of the Fiesta compact car. It is 4.19 m long, 1.93 m wide and 1.54 m high. The crossover is reminiscent of the Ford Kuga with its roundish design and headlamps that are placed high on the mudguards.

The mini-SUV is available with a mild-hybrid drive: The 1.0 l three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine operates using a 48 V hybrid system. The EcoBoost hybrid drive has 114 kW (155 hp) of power. During recuperation, the belt-driven starter generator charges an air-cooled 48 V lithium-ion battery with power. The electric motor supports the combustion engine at low engine speeds with up to 50 Nm of torque. 

The 1.0 l three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine is also available without hybrid technology, with an output of 92 kW (125 hp). A 1.5 l four-cylinder EcoBlue diesel engine, which also has an output of 92 kW (125 hp), will also be released as an option. Power is transmitted by a six-speed manual gearbox. The Fiesta's chassis, which has a twist-beam rear suspension, has been reworked with larger shock absorbers and stiffer suspension bushes.

Ford Puma features several driver assistance systems

The interior of the five-door and five-seater crossover is similar to that of the Fiesta, but offers seats with massage function in higher versions. A 12.3-inch fully configurable digital instrument cluster is available as an option in the "ST-Line X" version. The 8-inch central touchscreen, which includes the SYNC 3 infotainment system, can be operated via voice control. A panorama roof is also available. The boot can be opened using a sensor, and has a luggage capacity of 456 litres. The crossover also features the "Ford MegaBox", a plastic box underneath the boot floor with 80 l of storage.

12 ultrasonic sensors, three radars and two cameras positioned around the car enable multiple driver assistance systems in the Puma, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert or a Pre-Collision Assist. The new Ford Puma will be produced at Ford's Craiova Assembly Plant, Romania and released in Germany at the beginning of 2020 in four different lines: "Titanium", "Titanium X", "ST-Line X" and the "ST-Line".

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