Ford Puma was an instant success. Now, the 2023 Ford Puma is in the works and we expect to see further improvements. It is a small but attractive crossover with so much to offer. Unfortunately, Ford still plans to sell Puma in Europe exclusively. This model shares a lot of components with Ford Fiesta. Moreover, this crossover is also closely related to the Escape model.
Puma is longer than the EcoSport model and it is a much better choice in our honest opinion. On top of that, Puma is the best-selling brand’s model in the Old Continent. And while Puma would probably struggle in the United States, its sales in Europe are getting better and better.
The forthcoming 2023 Ford Puma will deploy the same engines as the outgoing model. This crossover is powered solely by a turbo 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and a 48-volt hybrid system. However, the European powertrain is available in two different outputs, generating 125 or 155 horsepower. A high-performance ST model is equipped with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 200 horsepower.
Regardless of performance, each Puma is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. We’d assume that if Ford introduces the tiny crossover to the United States in the next few years, an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a four-cylinder engine will be available. Until that happens, Puma will probably continue in the same fashion as before.
Ford Puma ST
If you want more power and a sportier appearance, the new 2023 Ford Puma ST is the way to go. As we said, this model is using a 1.5-liter engine, producing up to 200 horses. This model has been voted the car of the year in Scotland. Moreover, this model generates 255 lb-ft of torque. The interior is sportier, but the focus is on the exterior design. Everything on the Puma ST looks more aggressive.
Moreover, this model provides a more athletic stance and is available in cool exterior colors. The Mean Green paint is the most popular choice so far. The top speed of 137 mph is more than enough and Puma ST accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds.
The upcoming 2023 Ford Puma is roughly 3.5 inches longer than the Ford EcoSport model. Judging by the photographs we’ve seen, its wheelbase is also expanded. This is excellent news for rear-seat passengers, as the EcoSport’s rear quarters are fairly tight. The cargo space of the Puma features an innovative load floor called MegaBox, which features several adjustment points and even a drain plug to facilitate cargo area cleaning.
The interior appears to be not so premium, with pops of color and hints of high-tech equipment. The latter comes equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless charging, and a wireless hotspot. The auto emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist are just some of the available safety aids.
2023 Ford Puma Release Date, Price
While the regular 2023 Ford Puma starts at $30,000, the ST variant will cost closer to $40,000. Puma is selling well in Europe, and the 2023MY will hit the dealerships next fall.