Ford resurrects Puma name for new small crossover


For example, the Escape will also be available as a plug-in hybrid. The flagship is the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid.

"With the second-row seats in the full forward position, the rear cargo area extends roughly six inches to offer 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space in gas engine-powered models (cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution)".

Ford is looking to have an EPA-estimated all-electric range of at least 30 miles in its plug-in variant. Using a 240V Level 2 charge, charge time drops to roughly 3.5 hours. Based on the teaser, the Puma will be a sportier, more style-oriented model than the EcoSport, and will feature design cues that make it look more like the latest Fiesta and Focus, rather than a boxy SUV. The claim of the lower end borrowing from the Ford GT seems like a stretch to me, but the vehicle is indeed more sporty. Ford claims that the new model is up to 90kg lighter than the outgoing Kuga. The engineers at the company will testify the concept to improve future versions of the concept and to apply its range-extending features to volume production vehicles.

Buyers will also be able to choose a self-charging hybrid, which doesn't need plugging in and uses technology similar to the Toyota Prius's hybrid system.

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Ford EcoBoost Hybrid technology will optimise Puma fuel-efficiency and contribute to the performance up to 155PS. Ford's U.S. office says the rear cargo space can carry about 1060 litres of cargo with the seats up - and, we assume, crammed up against the front seats. There's even an Evasive Steering Assist function to help guide drivers out of trouble if it presents itself. Evasive Steering Assist is also available where the auto will monitor vehicles ahead of you and will assist the driver in steering away from an accident if it feels like a crash is imminent. Several safety assistance features are available such as Active Park Assist and Park-out Assist, Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse Brake Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and others.

The 2020 Ford Escape will be hitting showrooms in Fall 2019.

"Puma will go on sale at the end of the year, and will be produced with exceptional craftsmanship and quality [.] following almost 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) investment since 2008", Ford said in a statement. Also, Ford will offer the Escape with a plug-in gasoline-electric powertrain.

What do you guys think of the new 2020 Ford Escape?