The first images of the new Fiesta-based SUV, the Puma, have been revealed, with Ford briefly unveiling its upcoming crossover at an event in Europe.
It remains more of an outline, rather than deep-dive, with the Puma briefly revealed on stage before being hidden away again. But we do know that the Puma - which shares its underpinnings with the new Fiesta - will pair Ford's 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine, good for around 114kW, with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
The EcoBoost hybrid system recoups braking energy and feeds it to a 48v lithium-ion battery. The electric motor can then plug torque holes in the conventional engine, as well as run the car's key functions.
Ford is also promising "ingenious" rear stowage, able to swallow two golf bags stored upright, and a a total 456 litres of storage in the boot.
“Innovatively engineered and seductively styled, we think Puma is going to really resonate with compact-car customers in Europe. If you want a car that can turn heads on Friday night, and swallow your flat-pack furniture with ease on Saturday afternoon, then you’ve found it,” says president of Ford Europe, Stuart Rowley.
“We've gone to every length to give customers the flexibility they want, with progressive and evocative styling, so that they can drive the best-looking car they've ever owned.”
The Puma, which will be built in Romania, goes on sale in Europe at the end of this year.
Ford in Australia says the Puma "hasn't been ruled in or out" for our market, with a decision yet to be made. But given the local arm's strong relationship with Europe, and the brand's broader pus to SUVs of all sizes, the Puma looks a likely starter.
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