Ford is updating its popular crossover. The new Puma gets different design touches here and there, but its onboard technology receives a significant upgrade. Not only does the Puma get new screens, but it also gains 5G connectivity and many active safety enhancements.
Between the lines of this news, Ford announced that an all-new electric version of the Puma will be released later this year. While the blue oval doesn’t share more information, the new Puma Gen-E could potentially inaugurate Ford’s new flexible, low-cost EV platform.
Same looks, more tech
While it might not look like it, this is the upgraded Ford Puma. The bestselling small crossover, which now holds the fort of the small Fords alone after the Fiesta and Focus got killed, gets new daytime running lights and a few upgraded design touches.
Despite the similar looks, the Puma receives a substantial upgrade in terms of technologies. In addition to 5G connectivity, active safety is enhanced. The Puma now gets adaptative cruise control with Lane Centering, 360-degree surround camera, rear cross-traffic assist, and dynamic Matrix LED lights as an option.
Inside, the upgraded Puma gets more screen. The instrument cluster is all digital and goes through a 12.8-inch screen. At the same time, the infotainment receives the latest generation of Ford’s SYNC4, with Alexa built-in, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also uses a new, larger 12-inch touchscreen.
Like in recent Ford models, all climate control functions have been relocated to the bottom of the screen. The Puma also gets an upgraded dashboard with a B&O soundbar and contrasted stitching.
Mild-hybrid or electric
Under the hood, all Pumas use Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Power ranges from 125 to 170 hp in the high-grade ST Powershift. However, between the lines of its press release, Ford revealed that there will be an all-new electric variant later this year. The Blue Oval didn’t add more, except that this new version would be named Puma Gen-E.
This announcement could be linked to Ford’s new low-cost, flexible EV platform. While not much is said about the future Puma Gen-E, Ford has announced that a “super talented skunkworks team working outside of the Ford mothership” has been developing a new low-cost electric platform for smaller models.
According to Autocar, Ford already announced that it “engineered the Puma and Courier simultaneously”, meaning both electric variants could have the same specs. The future will tell us if those vehicles and the technology underpinning them are part of Ford’s new Flexible EV platform.