New Ford Puma hybrid crossover here in January

The new Ford Puma – an all new SUV-inspired compact crossover will be available here from early January. Ford boasts that the exciting new Puma fuses stunning exterior design, best-in-class uncompromised load space, and sophisticated mild-hybrid powertrain technology.

Prices start from €24,465 for the Puma Titanium five door, with the 1.0 turbo EcoBoost petrol mHEV 125PS engine. It has a claimed WLTP CO2 rating of 127g/km. The step-up to the Puma ST-Line carries a price tag of €26,065 and the top specification ST-Line X model is priced at €27,865.

Standard specification for the entry-level Puma Titanium includes: 17-inch machined alloy wheels; LED projector headlamps with auto high beam; Pre-collision assist; 8-inch SYNC with navigation and ‘FordPass Connect’ modem; keyless start; electronic air conditioning; massage driver and passenger seats; ambient lighting; wireless charging; cruise control with adjustable speed limiter; and a rear spoiler.

The new model introduces a new chapter in Ford’s design identity with styling cues including distinctive wing-top mounted headlamps and athletic, aerodynamic, lines.

Compact crossover proportions deliver a raised ride-height for a confidence-enhancing driving experience and support class-leading uncompromised luggage capacity of 444 litres thanks to the innovative Ford megabox. The megabox provides a deep, versatile, storage space that is capable of comfortably accommodating two golf bags in an upright position.

Powerful, responsive, performance and optimised fuel efficiency is 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 litre ecoboost petrol engine.

Commenting to us on the arrival of the all new Ford Puma in Ireland, Ciarán McMahon, managing director of Ford Ireland, said: “I am sure the new Ford Puma will be a big hit in the Irish market. It is a compact SUV that feels like a much bigger car thanks, in part, to the innovative design of the megabox boot area. Then add in the very fuel efficient mild hybrid 1.0 litre ecoboost petrol engine and you can see why Puma will tick all the boxes for many prospective new car buyers.”

The new Puma joins Ford’s expanding line-up of SUV and SUV-inspired crossover models in Europe, including the Fiesta Active, Focus Active, EcoSport and Kuga. SUVs now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe and sales rose more than 19 per cent in 2018.

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