Just a few hours ago we published our exclusive rendering of the upcoming Ford Puma ST as a preview of the performance crossover and the Blue Oval has answered our calls with the new Puma ST-Line Vignale. It combines the best of both worlds - the sporty exterior appearance of the ST-Line with the plush cabin of the Vignale.
The interior is obviously the more interesting topic here as it features generous standard equipment, including automatic LED headlights, special Windsor leather seats and Manacor leather steering wheel, premium B&O audio system, and keyless entry and engine start systems, as well as the company's SYNC 3.4 infotainment system. On the outside, there’s a unique fascia with an aluminum upper grille and surround, and bony lower grille.
Gallery: Ford Puma ST-Vignale
“Customers have told us that they want a range of options to help find a combination of style, equipment, performance and efficiency that’s just right for them,” Roelant de Waard, marketing, sales, and service vice president of Ford in Europe, explained the combination between ST-Line and Vignale.
Some customers will be more interested in the mechanical upgrades for the Puma as Ford has also just announced the addition of a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. It produces 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts) and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which helps it return a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers according to Europe’s new WLTP regime.
There’s also finally an automatic transmission available for the Puma. It is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, which will be offered for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo engine with 125 hp (93 kW). Ford explains that “the advanced transmission’s greater number of gear ratios and dual-clutch operation for seamless gear changes contribute to optimized fuel efficiency, refinement and driving dynamics.”
Meanwhile, Ford has also reaffirmed it'll reveal the Puma ST "later this year."
Ford has further expanded the new Puma range with additional powertrain and equipment level options – offering the most comprehensive line-up yet for the SUV-inspired compact crossover.
Customers can now for the first time choose from Puma models featuring Ford’s 120 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, Pumas equipped with a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a luxurious new Puma ST-Line Vignale variant.
Ford has invested approximately €200 million at its state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Craiova, Romania, to support production of Puma, taking Ford’s total investment in Craiova to almost €1.5 billion since 2008.
Comprehensive powertrain line-up
Puma’s new 120 PS 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine offers a compelling option for high-mileage drivers – delivering from 99 g/km CO2 emissions and 3.8 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (from 118 g/km and 4.5 l/100 km WLTP) with a six-speed manual transmission.
A new seven-speed automatic transmission option for the 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine delivers from 110 g/km CO2 emissions alongside 4.9 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (from 137 g/km and 6.0 l/100 km WLTP). The advanced transmission’s greater number of gear ratios and dual-clutch operation for seamless gear changes contribute to optimised fuel efficiency, refinement and driving dynamics.
Puma customers were from late last year among the first to benefit from Ford’s 48-volt mild hybrid technology for enhanced petrol fuel efficiency. Puma EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains are offered with two power outputs in combination with six-speed manual transmissions:
- 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid delivering from 97 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.3 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (from 126 g/km and 5.5 l/100 km WLTP)
- 155 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid delivering from 99 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.4 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (from 126 g/km and 5.5 l/100 km WLTP)
The six-speed manual 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers from 103 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.5 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (131 g/km and 5.7 l/100 km WLTP), and the 95 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost from 102 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.5 l/100 km fuel efficiency NEDC (from 5.7 l/100 km and 129 g/km WLTP).
Luxurious Puma ST-Line Vignale
Based on the sporty Puma ST-Line variant, the Puma ST-Line Vignale adds even more premium styling and specification. Unique details include a satin aluminium upper grille and surround, ebony lower grille, body-coloured lower rear bumper, and large rear spoiler. Standard specification includes LED headlights, Windsor leather seats, Manacor leather steering wheel, premium B&O Sound System and Ford KeyFree system.
Further Puma variants models including the Trend, Titanium, Titanium X and ST-Line X feature as standard innovative technologies including Ford’s Local Hazard Information, enabled by the FordPass Connect modem,* and the versatile Ford MegaBox storage solution, able to house unstable items up to approximately 115 cm tall – such as houseplants or golf clubs – in an upright position.
Earlier this month, Ford announced that a new Ford Performance Puma ST model will join the range later this year.
“Customers have told us that they want a range of options to help find a combination of style, equipment, performance and efficiency that’s just right for them. That’s something we committed to delivering with Puma, and with a new Puma ST coming later this year, we’re not finished yet.”
Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe