3-Cylinder Mill + Dual-Clutch 7-Speed Auto
At first glance, this Ford Puma ST may appear to be an everyday model; however, the reality is significantly dissimilar from the hot crossover that the Blue Oval has been providing since 2020. To diversify their selection, a less potent version is now available with a smaller 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. This mild-hybrid three-cylinder delivers 168 horsepower and a maximum of 183 pound-feet (248 Newton-meters) of torque. In contrast, the 1.5-liter configuration produces 197 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm).
An essential contrast between the two is how electricity is sent to the front tires. The brawny Puma ST incorporates a six-speed manual transmission, whereas the recently-launched base variation features a Powershift gearbox with paddle changers. This dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic system allows the peppery subcompact SUV to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a halt in 7.4 seconds. That renders it 0.7s more sluggish than the stronger 1.5-liter iteration.
Enjoying Ford’s mightiest rendition of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Puma ST with its new automated transmission presents mild-hybrid technology that diminishes fuel usage to a mere 6.3 liters per every 100 kilometers. Its 48V aspect renders CO2 pollutant values of 144 g/km, while peak horse power is realized when reaching 5,750 rpm and full torque output made available at 3,000 rpm. Not unlike its more dynamic version, it includes an active exhaust valve technology which adjusts sound depending on the driving mode.
For the newly released Powershift model, Ford is introducing an ST-exclusive Azure Blue paint finish, complemented by a sought-after glossy black roof optional. There are a total of six exterior paint choices available. As default, the zesty crossover features black mirror caps, grille border, as well as roof spoiler – with 19-inch wheels in a Magnetite finish being obtainable.
For a sporty look and feel, the Ford Puma ST Powershift features premium front seating upholstered in synthetic leather. Other highlights recommended are the heated windscreen, convenient wireless charging pad, intuitive front and rear parking sensors, auto wiping action, plus an array of driver assistance packages such as Adaptive Cruise Control. However, it’s unfortunate that the dated SYNC3 technology remains; there is, however, still compatibility with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
In February 2021, Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted his eagerness to witness the release of the Puma ST in North America. Yet, despite this optimism, it has yet to become a reality.