Many Ford admirers criticised their favourite cast for application the “Puma” moniker for a baby crossover and now Ford is (kind of) acclamation that issue. Meet the Puma ST, the company’s aboriginal ST-badged crossover for the European market, and Ford’s additional agent of this affectionate afterwards the Edge ST awash in North America. It’s an aberrant almsman to the attenuate Racing Puma, but in a added applied CUV amalgamation to accumulate up with the times and bazaar demand.
The Puma ST is aggregate you like about the Fiesta ST while abacus a bit of arena clearance. It borrows the turbocharged 1.0-litre agent with three cylinders that can assignment on aloof two acknowledgment to butt deactivation tech to accession ammunition abridgement back the abounding ability isn’t needed. Speaking of power, the tiny-but-mighty EcoBoost assemblage produces 197 bhp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) to mirror the ambrosial supermini. It’s account pointing out you get that affectionate of torque in the Fiesta ST with the overboost. Otherwise, the three-pot develops 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) in the auto hatch.
It borrows the aforementioned six-speed chiral gearbox allowance the Puma ST hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 6.7 seconds, appropriately authoritative it 0.2s slower than the Fiesta due to the added weight. Top acceleration is additionally down, from 144 mph (232 km/h) to 137 mph (220 km/h).
Beyond the upgraded engine, there are several added improvements over a approved Puma. For example, the ST is accessible with an alternative automated limited-slip differential, force-vectoring springs, and selectable drive models with an Eco approach accessible for the aboriginal time on a Ford Performance model. In addition, the rear abeyance is 40 percent stiffer than that of the Fiesta ST and at the aforementioned time, 50 percent stiffer compared to the approved Puma. Advanced and rear anti-roll confined accord to the crossover’s bigger stability.
Ford’s engineers accept additionally tweaked the council arrangement authoritative it about 25 percent quicker than the accepted Puma and accept continued the advanced brakes by 17 percent for added endlessly power. Special absorption was accustomed to the exhaust, a free-flowing bureaucracy with alive valves to accomplish the soundtrack added appealing. Interestingly, the bankrupt is one-decibel quieter compared to the Fiesta ST’s in adjustment to accommodate “a added composed canoeing experience.”
Then there are the beheld upgrades, in band with those of the Fiesta ST. Ford installs 19-inch auto with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres as accepted accessories and offers barter the befalling to aces from six altered anatomy colours, including this ST-exclusive Mean Green shade. Regardless of the capital colour, the roof, grille surround, ancillary mouldings, mirror caps and the rear addle-brain appear with a bright atramentous finish.
Stepping central the cabin, the 2021 Ford Puma ST has body-hugging Recaro advanced seats as allotment of a adventurous amalgamation additionally including a flat-bottomed council caster and an ST-specific accessory knob. Even afore accepting in, the mirror-mounted projectors appearance the ST logo on the arena whenever you alleviate the agent to admonish you it’s not a boilerplate Puma.
The Puma ST will be accessible in Europe and is activity to be accumulated alongside the accepted agent at Ford’s bulb in Craiova, Romania area the EcoSport is additionally manufactured. Prices alpha at £28,495 with the Performance Pack with limited-slip cogwheel (LSD) abacus £950.