Ford introduced a more powerful version of the subcompact crossover Puma. The novelty of 2021 model year received the prefix ST in the name and is equipped with the same engine as the "charged" Fiesta ST.
Ford introduced a more powerful version of its smallest crossover Puma. As the brand representatives themselves said, the novelty is in fact a powerful hatchback Fiesta ST, but with the addition of more ground clearance. Under the hood is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine with technology to shut down unused cylinders. The small but powerful EcoBoost engine produces 197 hp. (320 Nm). The Fiesta ST. boasts the same power.
"Charged" crossover received the same six-speed manual gearbox, which helps the Puma ST accelerate up to 100 km / h from a place in 6.7 seconds, which makes it 0.2 seconds slower than the Fiesta because of the extra weight. The top speed has also been reduced from 232 to 220 km/h.
In addition to the upgraded engine, there are several other improvements compared to the usual version of the crossover Puma.
For example, the novelty ST is available with an additional mechanical differential with increased friction, springs with force vector and selectable drive models with economy mode, available for the first time on the model Ford Performance. In addition, the rear suspension is 40 percent stiffer than the Fiesta ST and at the same time 50 percent stiffer than the conventional Puma. Front and rear transverse stabilizers contribute to the stability of the crossover.
Ford engineers also changed the steering system, making it almost 25 percent faster than standard Puma, and increased front brakes by 17 percent to increase braking power. Particular attention was paid to the exhaust system, a smooth design with active valves to make the sound of the exhaust more interesting.
The "charged" Ford Puma ST crossover will be available only in Europe and will be mass-produced at the Ford factory in Craiova, Romania.