Ford Electrifies Its Puma Compact SUV

One of Ford’s top-selling compact SUVs, the Ford Puma, now boasts an electrified powertrain in the shape of mild hybrid technology.

It features a 11.5 kW belt-driven starter/generator accompanying the engine, which recovers energy lost during braking and declaration and uses this to charge the battery. This then also acts as a motor, deploying in low torque situations and assisting the engine when required. Together, the two can deliver up to 36.88ft-lbs of torque, with the generator supplying up to 14.75ft-lbs at full load.

This reduces the car’s overall CO2 emission to 124g/km for the 121bhp version, while the slightly more powerful 149bhp variant outputs 127g/km. In terms of fuel efficiency, the former gets 52.31mpg (5.4 l/100 km), while the 149 bhp model delivers 50.44mpg (5.6 l/100 km). Without the mild-hybrid, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, 121 bhp engine achieves 131 g/km CO2 emissions and 48.70mpg (5.8 l/100 km) fuel efficiency.

Also featured in the engine is cylinder-deactivation – an industry-first for a three-cylinder engine, according to Ford. This deactivates a cylinder when it is not required, such as when coasting.


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