Back in the 90s, there was a Ford car named the Puma - it was very rare to find one here in the Philippines, as it was more common in Europe and other foreign markets. It's surprising to know that Ford is reviving the nameplate for a new car. But even more interesting is that the new Ford Puma might be a taste of new things to come.
Seventeen years after the last Puma rolled out, Ford is again using the nameplate, but instead of its original coupe designation, Ford will be using the Puma name for its new line of subcompact crossover SUVs.
The Ford Puma has many things in common with the Ford Fiesta. In fact, the new Puma shares the same platform as the Fiesta. This is logical since Ford is planning to include the Puma in its European SUV lineup, which also consists of the Escape, Edge, Explorer, and EcoSport. Here in the Philippines, where people are more familiar with the EcoSport, the Ford Puma might even be a viable replacement to the aging line.
Puma's design won't follow the current trend of subcompact SUVs having a wedge-like design. It will come with a more traditional design language, with a body similar to that of the Mazda CX-3. Its headlights are reminiscent of the Ford GT. For wheels, the Puma can support 17-inch or 19-inch rims.
The Puma's Fiesta platform comes with buffed shock absorbers, a stronger twist-beam rear suspension, and improved suspension top mounts.
The interior will feature massaging front seats, wireless charging for your devices, a 10-speaker sound system, and a panoramic sunroof. A 12.3-inch display in front will serve as the car's control and infotainment system.
But what makes the Puma quite notable is its cargo space. At 456 liters, it's said to have the largest cargo space in its class. The Ford MegaBox augment will also make it easier to clean and maintain.
A 1.0-liter, 125hp EcoBoost engine powers the baseline Ford Puma, while a 155hp hybrid engine is also available. Ford also plans to release a diesel variant. Transmission is 6-speed manual with a 7-speed dual-clutch AT coming soon.
So the question now is, will we see the Ford Puma here in the Philippines anytime soon? Ford has not provided any indication that it will launch the vehicle in our country, plus the local market is full of other EcoSport offerings as of the moment. However, if rumors that the EcoSport will be replaced soon prove to be true, we'll still have to wait to at least 2020 to see something new.