2019 Ford Puma Packs 48V Hybrid Tech And More

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Ford Europe has gone official with the new 2019 Ford Puma, and the little SUV looks good. It’s nice to see the full design after the teaser video that we saw earlier this week and the dark teaser of the little crossover in the past. The 2019 Ford Puma is meant to be a sporty crossover, and Ford calls the design the “next chapter in Ford’s human-centric design philosophy.”

The compact crossover has a raised ride height while aiming to retain a sporty attitude. Ford fits the 2019 Ford Puma with a mild-hybrid powertrain that combines electric torque assist with a low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine to deliver up to 155 PS, which is about 153 horsepower. The 48V hybrid system uses an 11.5 kW belt-driven integrated starter/generator.

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That generator can capture power usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48V lithium-ion battery pack that is air cooled. The base powertrain is the same but offers 125 PS or about 123 horsepower. Ford says that the hybrid system can increase total torque from the powertrain by 20 Nm above what the gas engine alone is capable of at full load and by about 50 percent at lower rpm.

The engine also uses Start-Stop tech that can restart the engine in about 300 ms. The Start-Start system works when costing below 10 mph and when the vehicle is in gear with the clutch pedal depressed. After launch, a diesel powertrain and 7-speed dual-clutch will joint the line.

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The 2019 Ford Puma has a versatile boot floor that can be adjusted to suit the load you are carrying. A high position creates a fold-flat floor with the rear seats folded. The ST-line will give 18-inch standard wheels with 19-inch optional matte black wheels along with a flat-bottom steering wheel and other elements.

Ford will offer ten colors for the Puma including Blazer Blue, Frozen White, Race Red, Solar Silver, Agate Black, Lucid Red, Grey Matter, Desert Island Blue, Magnetic and Metropolis White. The full suite of Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies are offered on the car. Ford says the Puma will go on sale at the end of the year, pricing details aren’t provided at this time.

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Certainly looks better than the Ec(h)osport. I would like to see it replace that vehicle here in North America.

  2. If Ford doesn’t bring this to the North American market, they are crazy! This is EXACTLY the subcompact CUV they need to compete against the best in that segment, which are the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. It would be a huge seller. I pray their US and Canadian dealers insist on getting it here the way that Honda dealers convinced Honda corporate to bring the original CR-V here a long time ago.

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