The 2020 Ford Puma Resurrected, Crossover, SUV, Bloated
This is the new 2020 Ford Puma, yes it is. This is no April fools joke. I’ll tell you what it reminds me of. You know those people who eat too many Doritos, work out at the GYM but always look as though they eat too many Doritos? That is what the 2020 Ford Puma looks like.
The original Puma was a 2-door coupe manufactured between 1997-2002. The 2020 Ford Puma will be built in Romania and has morphed into a subcompact crossover SUV. The transformation reflects changing consumer buying preferences.
Ford is simply responding to a trend and where people are likely to spend their money. As such the new Ford Puma is higher riding and a lot bigger. The 2020 Ford Puma is actually based upon the Fiesta chassis.
However, the Puma will always be small if not by definition then by engine capacity. Initially, it will be powered by a 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo petrol/mild hybrid powertrain.
The 48-volt mild-hybrid system increases torque and lowers emissions. Power is rated at 153 bhp (155 PS) and 240 N⋅m (180 lb⋅ft) plus 50 N⋅m (37 lb⋅ft).
Expect a familiar range of trim levels and also expect a 12.3-inch a digital instrument display as standard. We love technology and so too does Ford.
The Puma will be fitted with all the latest infotainment tech, driver assist and safety systems. Pricing has yet to be revealed, we’ll get more of a clue in September.
As much as we have and continue to deride Ford is this new model enough to convert us buying back into Ford? As a former Ford owner… no… never ever again.