Ford Puma returns as compact crossover

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Reviving a name from the past, an all-new Ford Puma arrives in Ireland in early January. Unlike the compact sporty coupé of the late nineties and early noughties though, the new Puma is a B-segment compact crossover complete with mild-hybrid powertrain technology.

Based on the same floor plan as the Fiesta, the Puma will certainly stand out from the rather similar masses of rivals in the B-Segment thanks to interesting styling cues including wing-top mounted headlights. A 444 litre boot is generous in this segment.

Powered by Ford’s three-cylinder 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine developing 125 PS, the Puma uses 48-Volt mild-hybrid technology with an 11.5kW integrated starter/generator (BISG) in place of a regular alternator to store energy when lifting off or braking.

The Puma will be offered in three trims of Titanium, ST-Line and ST-Line X when it goes on sale next month. Titanium spec includes: 17-inch machined alloy wheels; LED projector headlamps with auto high beam; Pre-collision assist; 8-inch SYNC with Navigation and FordPass Connect modem; keyless start; electronic a/c; massage driver & passenger seats; ambient lighting; wireless charging; cruise control with adjustable speed limiter; rear spoiler.

Spec for Puma ST-Line adds: ST-Line sports body kit; large rear spoiler; LED fog lamps with cornering feature; ST-Line sports exhaust; 12.3-inch digital cluster; dark sports headliner; flat-bottom steering wheel; alloy pedal and gear knob.

Spec for ST-Line X adds: 18-inch matt black alloy wheels; SYNC Gen 3 8-inch touchscreen with navigation & B&O Play sound system; partial leather sports trim; privacy glass; shark fin antenna.

Prices start at €24,465 for the Puma Titanium, with the Puma ST-Line priced at €26,065 and the Puma ST-Line X at €27,865.