Ford Puma ST Powershift – small
Ford Performance voodoo folk have been really busy of late, their brand of motor-
magic applied to the new Ford Puma Powershift and its 3-cylinder, EcoBoost 48-volt
Mild-Hybrid, 1.0 litre turbo-petrol engine. This mighty little engine can deliver a very
energetic 170bhp and 248Nm of torque, all transferred to the drive wheels via Ford’s
Powershift, dual-clutch, 7-speed, transmission, with paddle-shift. Ford’s fuel
economy figures for the Puma ST Powershift is 6.3 l/100 km fuel efficiency and a CO 2
figure of 144 g/km.
The Puma has won many hearts with is comfort, practical interior space and on-road
driveability. Looks wise, at the front, the Ford Performance-embossed splitter, which
is integrated into the front bumper states the Puma ST Powershift’s sports
credentials, increasing 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 Powershift introduces a new ST-exclusive Azura Blue signature colour
among six exterior paint options. Complemented by an available gloss black finish
for the roof and 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
The Puma Powershift’s interior includes;
Ford Performance-developed sports seats finished in premium Sensico
synthetic leather-effect material
Wireless charging pad
Quickclear heated windscreen
Front and rear parking sensors
FordPass Connect modem,
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, compatible with
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Available driver assistance technologies include ;
Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking
Active Park Assist
Cross Traffic Alert with Active Braking
Intelligent Speed Limiter
ST Performance, mild hybrid assistance
The 48-volt 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. In
addition, the increased energy recuperation allows a further 10PS of electric assist
from the BISG to boost peak power.
Puma ST Powershift benefits from the same active exhaust valve technology as Puma
ST for increased performance and a distinctive ST engine note under acceleration.
Controlled by the selectable Drive Modes, the active exhaust valve remains closed in
Normal and Eco modes for everyday refinement, but opens in Sport mode to
intensify the sporty sound.
More often a forgotten feature in many automatics, I am a big fan of paddle-shift,
where I can manually override the auto selection process and relish the actual driving
of a car. With a lot of my driving conducted in the built-up roads and arteries of our
capital, the automatic transmission removes the need for me to emulate someone
from Riverdance on every journey.
The dual-clutch system is ideal in providing convenient, smooth gear selection and
when allied to the extra torque of Hybrid enhancement, it is an easy companion.
Once away from the stop/start and into the twisties, a double or treble flick of the left
paddle will provide access to the turbo-engines potential and the spirit of the Puma
ST Powershift can be sampled. Those with the need can opt for Sport Drive Mode,
which holds lower gears for longer, for sportier responses.
Another feature of the Powershift automatic is where the Stop & Go functionality
works with Adaptive Cruise Control. This can bring the Puma to a complete halt in
stop-start traffic and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than
three seconds, or resume after three seconds with the touch of a button or the
accelerator. The transmission also enables a Remote Start function via the FordPass
For those with a tekkie interest, the Puma ST Powershift shares its chassis with the
Puma ST, using a rear suspension twist-beam rated at 2,000 Nm/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 Usection and a 24 mm front anti-roll
Ford’s patented force vectoring springs also improve the Puma ST Powershift’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.
Springs, Steering and Brakes
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-
At a ratio of 11.4:1 the steering is almost 25 per cent faster than the standard Puma,
using a combination of ST-specification front knuckles, steering arm and steering
rack gearing, for heightened response during turn-in compared to the standard
Puma, further supported by Torque Vectoring Control.
Braking performance is provided by 325 mm front discs – 17 per cent larger in
diameter than the standard Puma specification. Puma ST Powershift’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.