Responsive, rewarding, fun-to-drive Ford Performance dynamics are now set to be enjoyed by even greater numbers of customers as Ford New Zealand welcomes the new Puma ST to dealerships across the country.
Enhanced using 48-volt mild hybrid technology to deliver 118kW/200Nm, the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre engine is combined with a paddle-shift-operable, seven-speed transmission – seamlessly fusing energised driving experiences, low emissions and everyday usability.
The new powertrain fully embraces the Sports Technologies moniker and includes performance-enhancing features like twist-beam and anti-roll bar settings, and patented force vectoring springs.
Coupled with the compact SUV’s comfort, uncompromised interior space and innovative practical solutions, the versatile new Puma ST delivers a responsive 7.4-second 0-100 km/h acceleration alongside 6.2 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 140 g/km CO2.
“The Ford Performance team called on all of its experience developing the original Puma ST to deliver ST signature fun-to-drive without losing the practicality of our compact SUV. We’re using 48-volt mild hybrid technology not just to improve efficiency but also to enhance peak power and torque,” said Stefan Muenzinger, Ford Performance manager, Europe. “The multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is combined with a paddle-shift-operable, seven-speed transmission – fusing an energised driving experience and everyday usability.”
ST Performance with hybrid efficiency: The 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid technology is enhanced to deliver even greater performance for Puma ST.
The mild hybrid system engages energy recovery more quickly than in other applications for faster recharging of the 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. This enables the belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) to offer a longer boost period of torque supplementation for enhanced
performance at lower engine rpm.
A Puma ST chassis sharpens responses using a rear suspension twist-beam rated at 2,000Nm/deg torsional stiffness – an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the standard Puma – with a 28 mm anti-roll bar integrated into the U‐section and a 24 mm front anti-roll bar.
Ford’s patented force vectoring springs also improve the Puma ST’s stability, agility and responsiveness. The non-uniform, non-interchangeable, directionally-wound springs apply vectoring forces to the rear suspension and enable cornering forces to travel directly into the spring, for increased lateral stiffness.
This advanced spring technology is combined with Hitachi twin-tube frequency-reactive dampers at the front and rear, delivering the stiffness needed for enhanced body control alongside the compliance to isolate smaller road imperfections for high-speed refinement.
An 11.4:1 steering ratio – almost 25 per cent faster than the standard Puma – uses a combination of ST-specification front knuckles, steering arm and steering rack gearing, for heightened response during turn-in compared to the standard Puma.
Enhanced braking performance is provided by 325 mm front discs – 17 per cent larger in diameter than the standard Puma specification. Puma ST’s brake booster is tuned for modulation, feel and feedback that supports performance driving, and the powertrain’s optimised energy recuperation also supports increased engine braking.
Design that combines form and function: A Ford Performance-embossed splitter integrated into the front bumper not only makes the Puma ST’s sports credentials immediately clear, but also increases front end downforce by almost 80 per cent versus the standard Puma. A large rear roof spoiler and distinctive rear
diffuser also feature, while signature ST upper and lower front grilles are designed to maximise engine cooling capability and efficiency.
Puma ST introduces a new ST-exclusive Vasttraffic Blue signature colour among seven exterior paint options. Complemented by standard black grille surrounds, side spears, door mirror caps and rear roof spoiler, the SUV also offers a Magnetite finish on the standard 19-inch alloy performance wheels.
Inside, standard highlights include Ford Performance-developed sports seats, B&O sound system with 10 speakers, a wireless charging pad, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, FordPass Connect modem, 5 and Ford’s SYNC communications and entertainment system, 6 compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTM. 6,7 Available driver assistance technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Park Assist, and Cross Traffic Alert with Active Braking.
Available from Ford Dealers now, with a Recommended Retail Price of $46,490 plus on road costs.