The much-loved Ford Puma is making a comeback, except this time round it’s morphed into a compact SUV.
On sale in 2020 and slotting in between the EcoSport and all-new Kuga, Ford claims the Puma “fuses stunning exterior design; best-in-class luggage capacity and flexibility; and 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain technology”.
The first image of the all-new Ford Puma reveals significant styling cues including distinctive wing-top mounted headlamps and athletic, aerodynamic lines and a raised ride-height. Inside there’s a generous 456 litres of luggage capacity.
It will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Hyundai Kona and Seat Arona.
SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe, and sales rose more than 19% in 2018.
The Puma name was last used on a small sports coupe Ford produced between 1997-2001.
Based on the Mk4 Ford Fiesta, it handled really well, while a TV ad campaign featured Steve McQueen appearing to drive a Puma through the streets of San Francisco.