- Re-born as a small SUV
- Different from the coupe of the late 90s/early 00s
- Big, practical boot
Coming soon: 2019 Ford Puma SUV
The Ford Puma has been re-born. While it used to be a sleek coupe from the late 90s and early 00s, it's now a small SUV with a very practical boot.
Ford has resurrected the Puma name – from the sporty coupe of the late 90s/early 90s – and it is now a small SUV, to rival the many other small SUVs on the market, like the VW T-Cross, Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke and others.
The new Puma manages to both fit in with the Ford family of cars – there’s the familiar front grille and Ford face – but also offer something a bit different. For size comparison, it’s 3cm taller and wider than the Fiesta.
The Puma is available in 11 colours, from the super bright Luxe Yellow and Blazer Blue to more muted shades like Agate Black and Grey Matter.
Buyers will get an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Ford’s Sync 3 system, which is easy to use. That also includes the usual Bluetooth, DAB, and sat-nav.
Fords generally come with a lot of kit often found in more luxury cars. In the Puma, you can opt for front massage seats, a wireless phone charger, zip seat covers for easy cleaning, and a fancier B&O sound system, among other things.
Titanium models come with a leather-effect steering wheel, wood-effect bits, and fabric inserts on the doors. ST-Line models feature a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red stitching, alloy pedals, an aluminium gear shifter, and black headliner.
A 1.5-litre diesel engine and seven-speed automatic gearbox will join the range later down the line.
There is a suite of driver assistance systems on offer too, including adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition, lane centring, local hazard warning, blind spot information with cross traffic alert, park assist, emergency braking, evasive steering assist and wrong way alert.
The all-new Ford Puma will go on sale at the end of 2019, costing from around £18,000, with first UK deliveries in early 2020.