The compact five-seater crossover Ford Puma has been rejuvenated in the middle of its life cycle. This model has become very popular among buyers since its launch, and judging by the new arrivals, it is set to follow this trend.
There is no revolution in the exterior design, and until the redesigned lights with a fresh light signature come on, you probably won’t know the difference from the current Puma model. The main lighting innovation is the replacement of the previous static LED lights with adaptive ones with Matrix technology and cornering light.
The equipment levels also remained plentiful, namely one elegant and two sporty. As is customary with this model, the conventional Titanium version and the sportier ST-Line and ST-Line X each have their own specific bumper, grille and alloy wheels.
The six body color variants (two less than before) will certainly attract attention, including the cactus gray color, which means that at night the side mirrors projecting the Puma logo onto the ground.
Inside, the screens facing the driver have increased in particular. The 12.8-inch digital instrument cluster is user-configurable and displays driver-selected data, while the central 12-inch touchscreen runs the latest SYNC 4 infotainment system, enhanced parking cameras and online navigation, using both speedy 5G internet connectivity and Apple wireless connectivity CarPlay/Android Auto.
Inside, you’ll also find a sporty two-spoke steering wheel, a sliding armrest, an induction mobile phone charger, a new soundbar, or optional premium audio from the Danish company Bang & Olufsen.
However, we also have bad news, because Ford has reduced the number of physical controls to a minimum, which looks sexy from the designers’ point of view, but from an ergonomic point of view, we do not consider it a happy solution, rather a big mistake.
However, Puma has not lost its huge attraction, which is the well-known MegaBox, which is an additional storage space of up to 81 liters in the floor of the already practical luggage space of up to 456 liters (with a tire repair kit).
The new Ford Puma does not differ in appearance compared to the current outgoing variant, but the changes occurred mainly inside, in software and technologies. Here are the main differences between the two designs.
|The new Puma
|The current Puma
|Infosystém SYNC 4
|Infosystém SYNC 3
|12″ infosystem display
|8″ infosystem display
|Apple iOS/Android wireless connection
|Apple iOS/Android wired connection
|Adaptive temp. with speed prediction
|Adaptive cruise control
|360° park. system
|Back park. camera
|Improved guard sl. angle
|Blind Spot Monitor
|Dynamic LED Matrix lights
|Static LED lights
|12.8″ instrument panel
|12.3″ instrument panel
There will also be ST, but…
As part of the technologies, adaptive cruise control was supplemented with a predictive function, so that it slows down on its own at intersections, bends, roundabouts and exits from highways. There is also an assistant for intersections, which can prevent a potential collision or at least mitigate its consequences, especially when turning or crossing parallel lanes.
Puma can also prevent a collision with passing cars when you back out of a confusing parking spot – first it warns the driver, and if he doesn’t pay attention, he immediately slams on the brakes.
Everything remained the same in the field of motorization. So Puma relies on a liter supercharged three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system. It is available in a basic 125-horsepower version, or in a more powerful 155-horsepower version. You can always combine it with a six-speed manual or an automatic dual-clutch transmission.
Lovers of the electric drive will then wait for the presentation of a battery-powered variant called Puma Gen-E later this year.
The manufacturer also confirmed the facelifted sharp Puma ST, which boasts a sporty design outside and inside and a modified chassis, but it is no longer powered by a 200-horsepower fifteen-cylinder engine combined with a manual, but by the same 170-horsepower liter engine connected exclusively to an automatic transmission. You can have Honza Koubek tell you how to drive it.
Designed and engineered in Europe, the Puma is manufactured at Ford Otosan’s state-of-the-art assembly plant in Craiova, Romania. It will be possible to order the new Puma in the Czech Republic from February 13, 2024 for a very interesting price starting at CZK 499,900, while the first customer cars will be available in May of this year.