Company Car Today - Issue 54 - 26th June 2019

New Puma heralds new design style Boot area will rival the best Interior will be full of tech Petrols only at launch Ford resurrects Puma name for baby crossover Ford is returning the Puma name to its line-up, but this time it’ll sit on the back of a small crossover model rather than the little coupe that it adorned in the late-1990s. Mild hybrid power, claimed best-in-class load space and technology previously unseen in small crossovers are all part of the new Puma detail, with an innovative boot arrangement of particular interest. Arriving late this year, the Puma also introduces “a new upright position. The space will also fit two upright golf bags, and has a drainage plug in case of spillages or if it requires cleaning out. The Puma will arrive with three petrol engines from launch, with mild hybrid 48-volt 1.0 125hp and 155hp Ecoboost Hybrid engines offering CO 2 from 123gkm, while there will also be a regular 125hp Ecoboost unit featuring cylinder-deactivation tech to cut emissions when the car is coasting. A diesel will follow along after the initial launch, as will a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. New technology on the Puma includes what Ford claims is the first deployment of a hands- free tailgate and lumbar massage seats in the class. The Puma also has a system called Local Hazard Warning, which can inform the driver of issues such as broken down vehicles, animals, pedestrians or objects in the road and hazardous conditions. It uses data sourced from local authorities, emergency services and other vehicles, which is sent to the Puma via the Ford Pass Connect on-board modem. A suite of safety systems includes new Evasive Steering Assist and Wrong Way Alert technology, as well as lane- keep, pre-collision and post-collision systems. Evasive Steering Assist uses radar and camera to detect slower-moving or stationary traffic, providing steering assistance to manoeuvre round the vehicle, while Wrong Way Alert will provide audible and visual warnings if the car passes No Entry signs on a motorway sliproad. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity will be offered as standard, through Ford’s 8.0-inch Sync3 touchscreen system. The FordPass Connect modem enables a wifi hotspot for up to 10 devices and runs vehicle locator, status and door unlock functions through the app, as well as remote start for automatic Puma models. Even though the full range line-up won’t be revealed until later in the year, along with pricing and specification, Ford has confirmed that the Puma will include sporty ST-Line and premium Titanium trim levels. Paul Barker chapter in Ford’s design identity”, according to the brand, with the wing-mounted headlamps and “charismatic styling cues” including “athletic, aerodynamic lines”. The boot space of 456 litres may not be as large as the claimed 520 in the Citroen C3 Aircross, but it features a clever 80-litre lower load area that can house items such as muddy wellies, or unstable taller items up to 115cm tall, such as house plants, in an NEWS ANALYSIS COMPANY CAR TODAY.CO.UK 11 IN-DEPTH