July 09, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Ford unveils Puma MHEV compact crossover

Ford takes its step to electrification with Puma MHEV

Ford recently unveiled its new mild-hybrid compact crossover that has an aggressive stance, which represents the next chapter in Ford’s human-centric design philosophy.

The new Ford Puma introduces a new chapter in Ford’s design identity with charismatic styling cues including distinctive wing-top mounted headlamps and athletic, aerodynamic lines. Compact crossover proportions deliver a raised ride-height for confidence-enhancing driving experience and support class-leading uncompromised luggage capacity of 456 liters.

Powerful, responsive performance and optimized fuel efficiency are delivered for Puma customers using Ford’s EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt technology. The mild-hybrid powertrain seamlessly integrates electric torque assistance with a low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0‑liter EcoBoost petrol engine to deliver up to 153 hp.

Enabled with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the Puma is offered in 123 hp and 153 hp variants, the intelligent, self-regulating mild-hybrid system continuously monitors how the vehicle is being used to determine when and how intensively to charge the battery for optimal benefit, and when to utilize the stored battery charge.

The Puma features a low, sloping roofline for a dramatic, instantly recognizable silhouette, and bucks the trend for wedge-style crossover side profiles with an “anti-wedge” design that features a flatter belt-line to deliver balanced proportions.

The expressive front-end features intricately designed “canoe-shaped” headlamps that sit high on the wings, while the LED fog lamps are positioned directly below, integrated into the front air curtain inlets that guide airflow across the front wheels to reduce turbulence for improved aerodynamics. Extending forward to the instantly recognizable front grille, the headlamps give the Puma a bold, aerodynamic front design and an approachable face.

Step inside the Ford Puma and you will notice a lot of innovative features that offer a brief relief from the busy life. It has segment-first lumbar massage seats, a full-length openable panorama roof, a wireless charging pad, two USB inputs with charging cable, Ford SYNC3 that is compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto, WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices, an 8-inch central touchscreen display, and Bang & Olufsen Sound System.

For the safety of the occupants, the Ford Puma has 12 ultrasonic sensors, three radars, and two cameras positioned around the car to deliver a suite of Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies that enhance protection, driving, and parking, and are designed to make the driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and safer.

Other safety features include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, lane centering assist, local hazard information functionality, a 180-degree rear wide-view camera, blind spot information system with cross traffic alert, active park assist with perpendicular parking, road edge detection, pre-collision assist, and post-collision braking technology.

 

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