Lately, many automakers have been focusing on whittling down their car lineup and expanding their contributions to the crossover and SUV segments. Ford was the first to take a leap of faith by cutting all the brand’s sedans except for the iconic Mustang, and now the company is taking the next step by introducing the new Ford Puma, a Fiesta-based subcompact crossover.
The Ford Puma will fill a slot between the Ford EcoSport and Escape, offering more space and technology than other members of its segment. It will also reportedly offer a mild hybrid powertrain option. The crossover comes with a 155-horsepower three-cylinder engine, though there may be an option of a more powerful turbo engine. As of right now, there isn’t much other information about the new subcompact, aside from the fact that the “Puma” name comes from an older Ford model that was also Fiesta-based, though that model was a coupe.
While the new Ford Puma is coming exclusively to European markets for the time being – where the Ford Fiesta hatchback enjoys a popular fan following – there is word that Ford representatives from the U.S. are enthusiastically trying to bring the subcompact to North American markets. Some experts are even theorizing that the Ford Puma could end up replacing the EcoSport completely.
Stay tuned to the Lakewood Ford blog for more information about this upcoming Ford model.