The Ford EcoSport was a car designed for developing countries, and it shows. In Europe, it will be replaced by the second generation Ford Puma.
Although the use of the Puma name, previously used on a Fiesta based coupe, will annoy some people, the new Puma will be a much better car than the unloved EcoSport.
Based on the latest European Fiesta, the Puma has mildly sporty styling, with some cues from the first generation coupe.
It will also be available with a turbocharged 1L 3-cylinder mild hybrid with either 92kW (123hp) or 114kW (153hp), a 48V battery, and a 11.5 kW belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG).
The BISG is capable of providing 50Nm (37 lb-ft) of torque substitution to help improve mileage, or an extra for a 20Nm (15 lb-ft).
Available features include a 12.3″ digital instrumentation cluster, wireless smartphone charging, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, local hazard information, massaging seats, underfloor trunk storage, a 10-speaker B&O sound system, 8″ Sync 3 infotainment system, and wheels up 19″.
The new Puma will be built in Romania at the Craiova Assembly Plant.