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New Ford Puma 2020 confirmed: EcoSport-replacing small SUV to rival Mazda CX-3 in Australia soon!

Ford Australia is hoping the Puma will make quite the impression when it enters showrooms later this year.

More than six months after its reveal, Ford Australia has confirmed it will launch the new-generation Puma small SUV, which is expected to arrive in showrooms in the third quarter of 2020.

Effectively replacing the slow-selling EcoSport that dealers can no longer place new orders for, the Romanian-sourced Puma will open Ford Australia’s SUV line-up moving forward, slotting underneath the mid-size Escape and large Endura and Everest.

Based on the Fiesta light car, the Puma will rival the popular Mazda CX-3 upon its arrival, although CarsGuide understands the former will be positioned above its predecessor in all aspects, including pricing and specification, details of which will be released at a later date.

“Puma will appeal to customers looking for a fun-to-drive, stylish SUV that’s loaded with smart tech,” said Ford Australia president and CEO Kay Hart, who added “the Puma is a great opportunity for us to connect with Australian customers in a new way”.

A 1.0-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine exclusively powers the Puma in Europe, where it is available in three states of tune, of which the 92kW/200Nm version is the likely starter for Australia.

The other two tunes add a mild hybrid set-up with a 10Ah, 48V lithium-ion battery and an 11.5kW belt-integrated starter generation, with the latter helping to boost system outputs to 92kW/210Nm and 115kW/240Nm.

Needless to say, 2020 will be an important year for Ford Australia, with the third-generation Escape due to go sale mid-year, just ahead of the Puma. Critically, it will be available with a hybrid option for the first time.