Ahead of a European release half way through 2024, the mid-life facelift for the 2024 Ford Puma has been revealed. Yet at the same time, Ford Australia has confirmed that the updated Puma will not be sold locally in petrol form, with the yet-to-be-revealed Puma EV to be the only variant sold here, likely in 2025. Incorporated in the Puma facelift are new features like a larger touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system, revised stying, a simplified engine lineup and a new higher-quality dashboard.
Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia said, “Our focus is on vehicles and in segments where we can really meet the unique needs of Australian customers. We see particular opportunities in commercial vehicles – from Transit to E-Transit, Transit Custom to E-Transit Custom, alongside Ranger.
“We will also continue to focus on our performance line-up – from Mustang and Mustang Dark Horse, to Mustang Mach-E and Ranger Raptor – alongside a renewed emphasis on vehicles that help customers do the things they love, like towing a boat or caravan in an F-150, off-roading with friends in an Everest, or road-tripping with a large family in a Tourneo.
The outside of the 2024 Ford Puma has been slightly revised styling with new bumpers, new lighting units and new wheels up to 19-inches in size. The headlights now have optional Matrix glare-free adaptive high beam and GPS-based cornering lights, while the front grille now has the Ford badge inside the grille. At the rear, there are new lighting units and revised bumpers for a fresh look.
But it’s inside the 2024 Ford Puma that has been upgraded the most with a new dashboard layout, more available technology and higher-quality materials. At the centre of the dashboard is a new 12.0-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment software, as well as a new 12.8-inch digital driver’s display with higher definition graphics and a new steering wheel design. The touchscreen now includes Ford’s 5G live services connectivity, as well as Alexa functionality.
Ford has also given the 2024 Ford Puma a new range of active safety equipment, including active lane centring, predictive speed assist, a 360-degree camera, reverse automatic braking and enhanced blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (including braking).
Under the bonnet, the 2024 Ford Puma is identical to the pre-facelifted model but with some changes. At the centre of the range is a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that makes 92kW in non-mild hybrid form or 115kW in mild hybrid form. For the hot Puma ST – somehow never released in Australia – that engine is uprated to 125kW, with the former 147kW 1.5-litre turbo manual variant now discontinued. The 92kW Puma offers either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – the latter is standard with the other engine variants.
While Australian stock is likely to run out by mid-2024, the 2024 Ford Puma will go on sale in Europe later in 2024, with the EV variant yet to be revealed. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.