Ford goes crossover route with all-new Puma

Ford recently unveiled the all-new Puma, but unlike its predecessor, the new car isn’t a small, sporty coupé.

The new Puma is a compact crossover, destined to slot in above the EcoSport. Ford says it fuses stunning exterior design, best-in-class uncompromised load space, and sophisticated mild-hybrid powertrain technology.

The Puma is equipped with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which receives some assistance from a an electric motor.

For a small crossover, it’s lavishly equipped. It will have Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring, for effortlessly negotiating highway and stop-start traffic. The Puma is also the first vehicle in its segment to offer hands-free tailgate and Lumbar Massage Seat comfort and convenience technologies.

Unfortunately, the Puma is not destined for South Africa, which is a pity.

We reckon it would have found quite a large audience over here.