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2020 Ford Puma SUV unveiled in Europe

Team OD  | Published: June 26, 2019, 03:15 PM IST

Ford has unveiled a new small SUV for Europe, the Ford Puma. This revives a nameplate seen in the 90s on a Fiesta-based FWD coupe. The Puma occupies a spot between the Ecosport and Kuga, and like its namesake is derived from the latest generation Fiesta.

This connection shows quite clearly in the Puma's design. Its a departure from earlier Ford SUV, with its soft curves and strong haunches. Furthering this is the coupe-SUV silhouette, enhanced by the rising shoulder line. The front also makes the Fiesta lineage quite apparent, with the bubble-shaped headlamps and slightly flattened hexagonal grille. The rear is quite aggressive, with the bulge above the rear wheel-wells flowing into the oval headlamps and a short tailgate.

The interiors feel like that of a more expensive Ecosport. It looks quite driver-centric but gets the same flaoting Sync3 infotainment screen. Most unique is the new free-form 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. This tech allows it to move away from a traditional rectangular shape, other than this Ford claims that all types of data can be projected here in high-quality. Other unique features are the optional 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo and the massage function on the front seats. The customer can also personalize the interior through a system of zippers while a panoramic sunroof and onboard wifi-hotspot are also available.  An ST-line variant will also be available, as seen here.

The Puma will be availbel with the 1.0-litre Ecoboost motor but paired with a 48V integrated starter generator. This will give it mild-hybrid capabilities and add upto 50 Nm of torque. The engine itself will be available in 125 and 155PS versions. This will be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT. A smaller 95PS petrol and a diesel will be added to the line-up later in the year.

Safety is well taken care of too. Ford's Pilot360 suite of guidance system will be available which will adaptive cruise control, lane-centring, road-sign recognition and so on.

The Ford Puma SUV will debut in Europe in early 2020. While it is unlikely that Ford will bring the exact same car here, a more cost-effective version of this car could do well here as a possible replacement for the Ecosport.

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