Ford South Africa has provided us with the official pricing and specification for the highly anticipated Puma SUV – here is how much it will cost for the people of Mzansi.
Pouncing on the South African market, Ford has finally revealed the official pricing for their newest entry to their local fleet with two derivatives set to arrive. Available in either the Titanium or range-topping T-Line Vignale, Ford’s newest arrival will serve as a premium, entry-level offering into the brand.
“The Ford Puma is a sophisticated urban compact SUV that combines a sporty design matched to exceptional interior functionality and unsurpassed connected technology to meet the demands of dynamic young individuals and professionals,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager for Marketing at Ford South Africa.
Ford Puma pricing (incl. VAT)
- Puma Titanium – R569 900
- Puma ST-Line Vignale – R613 900
Included as standard is Ford Protect comprising a 4 year/120 000km warranty with 15 000 km service intervals.
Under the bonnet is Ford’s award-winning 1,0-litre turbocharged inline-three cylinder motor which is good for 92 kW and 170 N.m and will be paired to a seven-speed DCT, powering the front wheels exclusively. Impressively, the small motor boasts modest claimed fuel consumption which is aided by a cylinder deactivation system. As the name suggests, one of the engine’s cylinders is deactivated when full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising – this is available over and above the auto Start-Stop system.
The Puma also features five selectable drive models namely Normal, Eco, Slippery, Trail, and Sport. The system adjusts various settings, including throttle response and steering feel, as well as gearchange behaviour. When toggling between the modes, the instrument cluster changes too.
Remaining with the interior, the ST-Line Vignale boasts lumbar massage sports front seats trimmed in partial leather while the Puma Titanium receives cloth trim. The latter can also be equipped with a Styling Pack which includes a panoramic roof, a black-painted roof and a four-way adjustable front passenger seat.
A wireless charging pad is chief in the centre console while two USB inputs are also available. Connected devices employ Ford’s SYNC 3 system which is can be connected via USB and replicate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As standard, an 8,0-inch touchscreen comes standard with FordPass Connect which checks fuel levels, alarm status, oil life from the onboard computer while users can remote unlock and start the Puma. The ST-Line Vignale comes with B&O sound system that features 10 speakers while in front of the driver awaits a 12,3-inch fully configurable digital instrument cluster
On the safety and tech front, the European-made Puma boasts ABS, Electronic Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Launch Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Auto High Beam headlight activation, and a Lane-Keeping System to name a few. Both derivatives of the model are available with an optional Driver Assistance Pack that adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Centring.
When manoeuvring tight spaces, front parking sensors accompany a rear camera which is displayed on the interior screen. For ease of use, the model also features active park assist and Ford’s hands-free tailgate technology, which is standard on the ST-Line Vignale.