A quick primer on the Ford Puma
A brief guide to the 2021 Ford Puma SUV.
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Ford has resurrected the Puma name, for a new subcompact crossover SUV, that's available now. Here's everything you need to know.
|Model||Engine||Power||Torque||Body styles||Rating||Driveaway price|
|Ford Puma 1.0L||1.0-litre EcoBoost, three-cylinder petrol, mild-hybrid||92kW||210Nm||Crossover SUV||Not yet rated||$33,807|
|Ford Puma ST-Line 1.0L||1.0-litre EcoBoost, three-cylinder petrol, mild-hybrid||92kW||210Nm||Crossover SUV||Not yet rated||$36,229|
|Ford Puma ST-Line V||1.0-litre EcoBoost, three-cylinder petrol, mild-hybrid||114kW||240Nm||Crossover SUV||Not yet rated||$39,525|
Quick Ford Puma facts
Puma isn't a new nameplate, as between September 1997 and July 2002, Ford Europe used the name on a car it built, which was a sporty compact coupé based on the then Fiesta platform.
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You'll not find any official pricing info for Australia yet, as the car hasn't launched. It is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2020.
Price-wise, it's going to be competing with cars like the Mitsubishi ASX (starting driveaway of $24,990), Nissan Juke (starts from $23,490) and the Mazda CX-3 (driveaway from $23,990). Couple that with the near-Focus price point used in the UK and we should be looking around the $23,000–27,000 mark here.
In the UK, there are three trims: Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X. Each trim grade adds extra comforts and features.
There are also some special editions: Titanium First Edition, ST-Line X First Edition and ST-Line X First Edition Plus. These models unlock extra features like heated steering wheels and seats, as well as the Driver Assistance Pack. It is not yet known which trims will be offered to Australian buyers.
Potentially, Ford may swap the hybrid here for a more traditional petrol engine, perhaps complete with a seven-speed automatic. According to some sources, Ford is working on bringing a non-hybrid and diesel engine to the UK-spec model.
What's it like to drive?
UK journalists who've driven the Puma say it's very good to drive. Supposedly it's great fun to rev the engine hard and go for a spin. Journos described it as nimble and perky, making it a great crossover SUV to own for inner-city motorists. It was also praised for the inclusion of lots of safety tech and the practical interior design.
When does the Ford Puma launch?
In Australia, it launched in 2020.
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