Ford Puma Promises Fun To Drive Character With 48V Hybrid Tech

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One of the smaller and less expensive Ford vehicles that we don’t get here in the United States is the all-new Ford Puma. Ford Europe is celebrating the introduction of its advanced fuel-saving mild-hybrid powertrain technology in the Ford Puma small crossover. Ford says that the mild-hybrid Puma brings advanced mild-hybrid powertrain technology to a package with class-leading practicality and what it calls a head-turning design aimed directly at compact crossover customers.

The Puma mild-hybrid uses a three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine that combines with the mild-hybrid technology to make 155 PS. The mild-hybrid technology uses an 11.5 kW belt-driven integrated starter/generator that replaces the standard alternator. The system allows recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. Ford will offer the mild-hybrid technology in both 155 PS and 125 PS flavors.

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Ford says that the Puma is a new chapter in its design identity with styling cues that include distinctive wing-top headlamps and athletic lines. Despite being a small crossover, the vehicle was designed with class-leading luggage capacity of 456 liters. The vehicle also comes fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centering to make stop and go traffic less demanding on drivers.

Ford also announced this week that the Puma would be its first vehicle in Europe to be fitted as standard with Local Hazard Information that can inform drivers of hazard situations in the road ahead without needing a third-party app. Ford also notes that the Puma is the first vehicle in its segment offering hands-free tailgate technology and lumbar massage seats, which are both standard on the Titanium X specification.

The Puma ST-Line is also offered with a sportier body look that includes 19-inch optional matte black machined alloy wheels, sport suspension, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Ford also offers an all-new Puma ST-Line X Vignale that offers standard Windsor leather seats and a premium B&O Sound system.

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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. Ford should offer both the Puma and EcoSport

    The Puma is a stylish city CUV with a front end treatment much better than we have with Escape/Edge/Explorer.

    EcoSport should get updated to look more like the Bronco. It already has decent offroad ability.

  2. Ford must continue to apply hybrid features across all their vehicles. The U.S. market EcoSport should be a full hybrid, too. I drive a 2014 Fusion Hybrid and it is wonderful to have a full tank of gasoline (only 12 gallons) last a whole month, have no engine servicing except oil and filter changes once a year, and get up to 54 MPG in a 3,800 lb. midsized sedan. I have driven the 2019 Chevy Malibu with the mild hybrid (start-stop) system and it isn’t that good. Full hybrid or electrics are the best!

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