The American automotive legend has come back with a new kick in town, the all new and refreshed crossover, the Puma ahead of its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show this September. The new Ford Puma will sit above the EcoSport in the brand’s global line-up. It gets a unique styling that’s more cross-hatch than SUV and shares a few design elements with the latest-generation Fiesta hatchback sold abroad. Ford being an American company knows how to give its cars the muscle it needs.
The Puma was originally launched not as a crossover but coupé that was produced by Ford Europe and was sold between 1997 and 2002. It managed to become a decent hit at that time as it was one of the cheapest coupés flaunting on the road. The old generation Puma was a 3-door car with a decent amount of engine performance which was mainly targeted at the youth for daily travel. But now Ford has given the Puma an all new look and changed everything from the scratch making it a new competitor for the crossovers.
The Puma has got it all to take on its rivals. Its rivals being the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Terrano. It is yet to be announced by Ford whether or not the Puma will make it to India, and if it does will the Puma get all the goodies it gets on the global platform, all answers will only be known once the official unveiling of the Ford Puma happens.
Talking about the exterior, the Puma sits right in the frame of a crossover, a healthy blend of a hatch and a compact SUV. This segment has only been growing and has created its own stature in automobile category. People craving for the SUV look but indeed want a manoeuvrable hatch, are the ones who will surely be attracted by this car, and being a Ford it has already made a kick-start. The Puma will be a hatch on steroids with large diamond cut alloys and oval shaped wheel arches for that SUV like stance. The front could be miss judged with the Maruti-suzuki Swift due to the squarish grille up-front car and also a very similar headlight to the Swift. On the rear, the Puma takes the design to a next level with the bisected tail-lamps, the black treatment on the bumper and a sporty spoiler.
Coming to the interior, the Ford Puma is fitted with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that can be customised as per the driver's preferences, and a central infotainment system with Ford SYNC 3 offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A 10-speaker B&O audio system is also on offer. Other features of the Puma include a hands-free tailgate, adaptive rear parcel shelf and more. The Puma also comes with a list of important safety features, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, emergency brake assist, a tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control, semi-autonomous parking assist, and emergency steering assist. It also gets adaptive cruise control.
Powering the Puma is a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol coupled with a 48V mild-hybrid setup. This engine is available in two states of tune 123hp and 152hp. Both versions get a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT gearbox. A 1.5-litre diesel with a 6-speed manual gearbox will also be offered on the Puma crossover.
The chances of the Puma making it into the Ford line-up of India is less but however if it would make then it would definitely be a game changer. According to Wheelspinn, the price of the Puma, if launched in India, could be anywhere from Rs 10-18 lakh. How many of you are wanting the Puma to be launched in India?