Introduced in 2019 and officially announced for the South African market, Ford’s Puma SUV is already undergoing testing for its mid-cycle refresh.
Causing a stir in the local market, Ford has announced the Puma will join its passenger car fleet by the close of the year. Being on the market since 2019 however, the model is ripe for a well-deserved refresh. New images have emerged, offering a glimpse of what seems to be an ST-Line Ford Puma variant undergoing testing beneath the customary camouflage, likely concealing numerous subtle updates.
From these images, it is evident that the Puma will sport new LED headlights positioned above a revised front grille, which will now house the Ford logo within its design, rather than above it. While other details will also receive a discreet makeover, the overall update seems less extensive compared to recent changes made to the Focus and the now-discontinued Fiesta of which it shared a platform with.
Fortunately, the core elements that have contributed to the Puma’s commercial success remain intact. The vehicle maintains its robust road presence, characterized by short overhangs and wheel arch cladding.
When it comes to firepower, it is expected to retain the award-winning 1,0-liter three-cylinder powertrain, with various power outputs for the global market. Here is what the South African market will receive.
Not much is known about the interior from the images however it is expected that the SUV will draw inspiration from the Focus to enhance its upscale appeal. The model remains crucial in the Blue Oval lineup for South Africa to continue representing the brand in the entry-level passenger segment.