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Ford Puma ST Powershift has a smaller engine, less power but more utility

Now there is a Ford Puma ST variant for buyers who can’t or don’t want to manually shift gears.

Debuting overnight in Europe, the new Ford Puma ST Powershift combines a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and complements the existing Puma ST which has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine and only comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Under the bonnet of the ST Powershift is a 48V mild-hybrid version of the turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder ‘Ecoboost’ engine used in other Ford vehicles.

Reviews at 125kW at 5750 rpm and 248Nm at 3000rpm, it’s noticeably shinier than the 92kW/170Nm variant of the engine found at Pumas in Australia.

That said, it has less power and torque than the manual Puma ST, whose 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine makes 147bhp at 6000rpm and 320Nm between from 2500 to 3500 rpm.

Equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives the front wheels, the Puma ST Powershift is said to be capable of completing the 0-100km/h run in 7.4 seconds.

For riders running red lights, the new ST Powershift is 0.7 seconds slower than the manual ST. The top speed is also lower at 210 km/h, compared to 220 km/h in the 6-speed manual transmission.

Driven more smoothly, the Puma ST Powershift is said to consume 6.3L/100km according to WLTP standards. That’s better than the 6.6 to 6.8L/100km figure quoted for the ST manual. However, the fuel stops should be at the same frequency, as the ST Powershift has a slightly smaller fuel tank (42L) than the manual ST (45L).

Thanks to a dual-clutch transmission and mild hybrid system, the 1.0-litre ST Powershift (1394kg) weighs 36kg more than the manual ST.

Like the manual ST, the ST Powershift features an active exhaust valve to improve the engine’s performance and acoustic characteristics.

Other features carried over from the manual ST include force vectoring springs, Hitachi’s twin-tube frequency response dampers, 25% faster steering rack, torque vectoring, 19-inch alloy wheels and bars. anti-roll at both ends – 24mm at the front and 28mm at the back.

There are also ST-specific bumpers with an optimized grille and rear diffuser. The grille, rearview mirror caps and large rear spoiler are finished in glossy black.

Six paint colors are available, now including the new Azura Blue color exclusive to ST models.

Available features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen display running the Sync 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 12.0-inch instrument display, gearshift paddles, and a heated windshield. , Sensico leatherette upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, a retractable panoramic sunroof, tailgate-free armrests and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

On the safety front, the ST Powershift can be equipped with automatic emergency braking with cross-traffic detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping warning, blind-spot monitoring and traffic sign recognition. pine.

We don’t know if Ford plans to bring the Puma ST Powershift to Australia. Currently, the local Puma lineup comes in three versions (standard, ST-Line and ST-Line V), all with front-wheel drive and a 92kW/170Nm 1.0-litre turbocharged engine.

THAN: Everything Ford Puma

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