Exploit of the Ford Puma: the compact crossover, just arrived on the market, the best-selling hybrid car in Italy in the first two months of 2020. In particular, the record was obtained by the EcoBoost 1.0 3-cylinder mild hybrid version, which is offered with 125 or 155 horses. Homologated as a hybrid, this engine allows, in addition to reducing consumption and emissions, also tax advantages and free access to urban areas with limited traffic.

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The EcoBoost Hybrid petrol engine supported, in the active start and acceleration phases, by an electric motor (starter / generator), powered by a 48V lithium-ion battery. During the passive phases, the starter / generator allows you to recover energy and recharge the battery, ensuring the operation of all the electrical components of the car.

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The eco-sustainable profile of the EcoBoost Hybrid it combines with Drive Modes technology, which allows drivers to set the accelerator, steering and traction control parameters, as well as the shift times for automatic models, to modulate performance according to different scenarios. There are six settings – Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery (low grip) and Trail (dirt) – and allow you to customize the driving experience based on road and weather conditions. Each has its own dedicated graphic layout in the instrument panel.

Then there is the practical side of the Puma. The MegaBox, for example: the luggage compartment underlay, washable and 80 liters wide. By taking advantage of this additional space, objects up to 115 cm in height can be placed in the trunk in a vertical position.

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Technology and connectivity: the Ford Co-Pilot the set of assisted driving systems that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Local Hazard Information, the real-time hazard warning feature that informs drivers of any unexpected situations on the road ahead, before they are seen or detected by the car sensors. A particularly comfortable element is the wireless pad: it is used to recharge devices even on the move. These can remain connected, via Bluetooth, to the SYNC 3 communication and entertainment system, allowing you to control the functions of audio, navigation and connected smartphones, using simple voice commands. In addition, the integrated FordPass Connect modem transforms the car into a hotspot with connectivity available for up to 10 devices.

Finally, security: Puma has obtained the 5 Euro NCAP stars. He earned top marks in both adult (94%) and child protection 84%, in the side impact test and in the more complex pole test.

March 3, 2020 (change March 3, 2020 | 11:07 am)

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