The Ford Puma EV Is Why the Fiesta Is No Longer With Us

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We've known for a good while now that Ford plans to launch an electric variant of the Puma, and now we can finally see it, albeit in prototype form. The model you see below is the zero-emission variant of the popular crossover, which is believed to be a few months away.
Due to the quirky styling that carries over for the most part, there's no mistaking it for anything else. It has a few updates compared to the current ICE-powered Pumas, such as the closed-off grille and a front bumper design specific to this model, with tiny side vents and a generous intake in the middle.

We should also note that the headlamps have new graphics, while their shape was retained. The same goes for the taillights. Despite the trippy stickers hiding its exterior, it's clear that the bumper and diffuser are identical, for now, anyway. However, it is obvious that it doesn't feature any tailpipes, not even faux ones.

Moreover, the charging port is located on the left rear quarter panel, where the fuel filler cap sits on the Pumas packing internal combustion power. The wheels are not exclusive to this model, as they came from the current one. The door handles retain their traditional shape and the profile sports identical lines.

Ford Puma EV
Photo: SH Proshots
The dashboard of the scooped tester was under wraps, suggesting that more updates might take place in the cabin. It is possible that the E-Tourneo Custom might lend its large dual displays, each one with a 12-inch diagonal, as both cars, as well as the Fiesta supermini that recently left the production line for good, are based on the same platform.

Chances are the Puma EV (name unconfirmed) will pack the same electric powertrain as the E-Tourneo Custom, which features a single electric motor generating 136 ps (134 hp/100 kW). One of its biggest rivals in the electric subcompact crossover segment, the Peugeot e-2008, is a bit punchier. Therefore, we wouldn't rule out a bit more power when it comes to Ford's upcoming Puma EV or the expansion of the family with additional assemblies later on.

The first-ever Ford Puma EV (or is that the E-Puma/Puma Mach-E?) is expected to debut sometime next year, and we should learn more about it as the company starts removing the camouflage from the prototypes that will keep being spied as the testing phase advances.

The official unveiling date hasn't been announced yet, but it could be hosted in 2024, with the first copies hitting production shortly after. Speaking of which, it will be made at the same factory that has been making the ICE-powered Pumas since 2019, in Craiova, Romania. And you already know that it will not apply for a US visa, don't you?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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