As of this week, Ford’s crossover household has grown to incorporate one other member: the Puma. The brand new mannequin slots between the EcoSport and Kuga and has resurrected a moniker beforehand used on a Fiesta-based coupe that was
discontinued 17 years in the past.
When it goes on sale on the finish of the yr, the Puma shall be powered by a few mild-hybrid powertrains. Each of them mix a 1.Zero-liter, EcoBoost petrol engine with a 11.5 kW belt-driven, built-in starter/generator, and produce 125 PS (123 hp / 92 kW) and 155 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), respectively.
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Nevertheless, it’s the rumored ST variant that e’re most concerned about, as it’s going to reportedly get the oily bits of the Fiesta ST. Believed to have been spied testing on the Nurburgring final month, the Puma ST is predicted to turn into one of many hottest autos within the small SUV phase. The 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder places out a wholesome 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque within the sizzling hatch, permitting it to speed up to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and as much as a 232 km/h (144 mph) high pace.
The Puma ST has, inevitably, ended up on the radar of sure rendering artists, with Bekim Ajvazi already imagining the way it may seem like. The adjustments are very discreet, truly, and embrace the addition of the ST badges and a brand new pair of wheels. Nonetheless, we count on the precise mannequin to get restyled bumpers and a lowered floor clearance, too, together with some trim updates inside.