There are also a bunch of selectable ride modes, up to and including a track setup. This is perhaps a little optimistic, unless Ford pursues the coveted lap time record for small SUVs under 200 horsepower around the “Ring”, but nevertheless underlines its ambitions for a car including the great-uncle was actually a 1.3 liter Escort GL.
The ST makeover also toughens up the Puma’s slightly Pixar-ish and bug-eyed look. There’s a reworked front bumper with an embossed Ford Performance splitter, and a rear roof spoiler and diffuser (for more practical downforce). A new grille improves engine cooling, while a glossy black finish on the roof and elsewhere adds something akin to the threat. You can have magnetite or a machined metal finish on the 19 inch alloys. And among the six exterior colors, you’ll find a ST-exclusive lysergic Mean Green.
It is also extremely well equipped. Wireless charging, heated windshield, front and rear parking sensors, and Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and infotainment system are all part of the package, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. As is the modern way, app-based remote operation of various vehicle features including locking and a vehicle locator – come on, we’ve all had wobbly times in the long-term parking lot of the car. airport – is available via FordPass Connect modem technology. It also uses the local danger information connected to the cloud to warn the driver of something untoward to come.
A passenger sun visor and ashtray would have been about the size of this one in the days of Great Uncle Escort.