The Ford Puma, the Blue Oval’s entry-level crossover is getting an replace, in addition to an all-new electric-only variant.
If this set of spy pictures is something to go by, the brand new EV variant will type a part of the facelifted Puma vary slightly than being a harbinger for the second-generation Puma crossover.
The largest distinction between the Puma EV seen right here and the facelifted prototype photographed in October is the entrance bumper.
The place the petrol- and diesel-powered Puma fashions will retain a big grille, the EV variant can have a novel fascia with solely a small air consumption on the backside.
Elsewhere, the one different distinction we will discern is the shortage of tailpipes. The very fact this prototype nonetheless has exhaust minimize outs within the rear bumper suggests all of the facelift’s visible modifications haven’t been utilized to this automobile.
We anticipate the up to date Puma can even sport new graphics for the head- and tail-lights, new alloy wheel designs, and an up to date color palette. The early spy pictures additionally advised there might be a brand new dashboard, with the central vents moved to the highest to accommodate a bigger touchscreen infotainment system under.
With the axing of the Fiesta, the Puma is the smallest Ford presently offered in Europe, and the brand new Puma EV will sit on the backside of the corporate’s rising vary of all-electric passenger vehicles.
In contrast to different passenger EVs Ford is promoting, or plans to promote, the Puma EV won’t use a devoted electrical car structure. As an alternative the present Fiesta-based platform might be up to date to accommodate an electrical motor and enormous battery pack.
Ford has but to supply particulars concerning the Puma EV’s drivetrain, however it’s anticipated to share lots in widespread with the Transit Courier EV unveiled in April this yr. Each the Transit Courier and Puma not solely use the identical platform, however are constructed collectively at Ford’s three way partnership manufacturing facility in Romania.
The E-Transit Courier, as the electrical van is thought, has a 100kW/290Nm electrical motor driving the entrance wheels, and is fed by a battery pack that helps AC charging as much as 11kW, and DC quick charging as much as 100kW.
With the E-Transit Courier not resulting from go on sale till late 2024, Ford has but to verify the battery’s dimension, the van’s driving vary, nor its worth premium above its petrol and diesel siblings.
Sitting above the Puma EV in Europe might be a Euro-specific Explorer EV, and a “coupe” variant of that automobile, broadly anticipated to put on the Capri title.
Each the Explorer and Capri might be based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB structure, that means they’ll share lots in widespread with the Volkswagen ID.4, ID.5, Skoda Enyaq iV, and Audi This fall e-tron.
Along with a Ford-design physique and inside festooned over Volkswagen bones, each these crossovers might be constructed at Ford’s manufacturing facility in Cologne, Germany.
On the high of the Ford’s European EV vary is the made-in-America Mustang Mach-E.
Ford Australia has axed the Escape from its vary, that means there’ll quickly be simply two passenger car-based crossovers out there Down Below: the Puma and the much-larger electric-only Mustang Mach-E.
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