Ford Puma joked – small crossover, sports car name


It seems like the automakers are running out of ideas for model names and are having to steal through their back catalog, with names of evocative sports cars being the first casualties. First, Mitsubishi used the name Eclipse for its latest coupe-style crossover, and now Ford is coming into the swing with Puma – a name used for the last time in a small coupe introduced in 1997.

This time, the name will be affixed in a compact crossover that will go on sale later in the year. The new offering will be positioned alongside the similarly sized EcoSport as a more stylish alternative, competing with the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Toyota C-HR.

Even in this dark (and rather blurry) teaser picture, it's clear that the Puma will have a more modern design compared to the rest of the Blue Oval sports utility line. The front features vertical ellipsoidal headlamps resembling those of the GT supercar, while the rising window line combines with the roofline to give a profile that is quite similar to the Honda HR-V.

Ford claims to have a space of 456 liters, which is enough to hold two golf bags upright. As is the norm today, the Puma will be available with a lightweight 48-volt hybrid engine by pairing a 1.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine with a belt-driven integrated actuator / generator (BISG) to search kinetic energy and provide a torque boost under acceleration.

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