The Ford EcoSport is a popular little crossover. But while it still sells in droves, one has to remember that the current car will soon be turning seven years old, first released in Brazil back in 2012. So will there be an all-new model on the horizon?
So far, there are no plans for one. However, Ford's latest teaser suggests there could be a successor coming soon. It's called the Puma and, by the looks of it, it appears to be a baby Escape. Coincidentally, Ford has also revealed the all-new Escape as well, just a few days ago in fact.
From the (dimly-lit) photo, we see a small vehicle with a fair bit of ground clearance. There's little doubt then that this will be yet another crossover from Ford. There are also some elements of the Escape's design rubbing off on the Puma. For starters, there's the high-set headlights with LED daytime running lights, along with the large grill some Ford models have these days. Despite what looks like a small vehicle, Ford is claiming best-in-class luggage capacity for the Puma.
Aside from that, Ford is saying that the Puma can be available as a hybrid. That variant will have a three-cylinder, 1.0-liter mill supplemented by 48 volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack. They even mentioned its power output, which they say is up to 155 PS.
If the Puma name sounds familiar to some, that's because it was last used on a small sports coupe released back in 1997. Ford then discontinued that model in 2002 and, after a 17-year hiatus, they have revived it as a crossover. In some ways, it is similar to what Mitsubishi did to the Eclipse nameplate, bringing back the name of a sports couple and putting it in a small crossover.
The Ford Puma will be fully revealed towards the end of the year. For now, it seems to be a European model but a wider release is possible, given that Ford wants to sell more crossovers worldwide in the future.