Ford Motor Company has confirmed plans to revive the Puma nameplate on a new crossover. The revived Puma will be based on the Ford Fiesta as a sub-compact offering, but it is still to be determined if it will be sold stateside.
A new sub-compact crossover has been rumored for some time now, but it was originally assumed it would replace the current EcoSport. Instead, it sounds like the Puma will be an addition to the overall Ford portfolio; at least in Europe.
Judging from the teaser, it appears the Puma will share much of its design with the latest version of the Fiesta, which is no longer sold in the U.S. Given they are platform mates, it comes as little surprise they’d look similar.
Powering Puma will be a mild hybrid system mated to Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. The combined output is expected to hover around 153 horsepower, with the motor-generator having the ability to recover energy through the braking system to supplement the gas engine under high loads.
It is likely Ford is taking a similar approach to its sub-compact crossover portfolio as it is with its compact Escape. The Puma may become the urban, car-like crossover and the next EcoSport will take on more of an SUV-like appearance. This is the two-crossover strategy the company is leveraging with the Escape and upcoming “baby Bronco” SUV.
Ford has said it will have indirect replacements for all of its dying sedan lineup. With that said, it seems quite likely the Puma will end up stateside sometime next year as a 2021 model.