Hybrid Ford Puma and Fiesta got hold of a “robot” – DRIVE

The two-pedal hybrid Puma in the 155-horsepower version gains the first hundred from zero in 8.7 seconds, which is 0.3 faster than the hybrid with “mechanics”. And such a SUV is inferior only a couple of seconds to the “hot” 200-strong modification ST, in which the turbo engine is one and a half times larger (1.5).

Kindred Ford Fiesta and Ford Pumaequipped with a hybrid system 1.0 EcoBoost Hybrid received a new gearbox. Until now, they were offered with a six-speed “mechanics”, but now they can also be selected with a seven-speed “robot” with two clutches. The combination of the mild 48-volt hybrid system with the new powertrain brought convenience and fuel economy as well as better dynamics than the EcoBoost 1.0 plus “robot” combination without a hybrid superstructure.

Ford claims that the carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption of the hybrid two-pedal Cougars and Fiesta will be 5% lower than those of robotic liter non-hybrid ones. In the combined WLTP cycle, the Fiesta will have 5.2-5.6 l / 100 km, while the Puma will have 5.7-5.8 and 5.8-5.9 (depending on tires and ICE version).

For both Fieste and Pume, the new power plant is available in a 125 hp version. and 210 N • m, and the Cougar is also modified for 155 hp. and 240 N • m. The integrated starter-generator BISG can operate in torque boost mode (up to 20 N • m during acceleration) or, for the sake of fuel economy, in torque replacement mode (up to 24 N • m, which replace part of the torque from the internal combustion engine). The hybrid boost means a 4% improvement in acceleration within one gear. By the way, the Puma has a sport mode in which the box keeps low gears on acceleration longer. And with normal movement and pressing the pedal to the floor, the “robot” can go down three gears.

By the end of 2021, the company has promised to offer many new electrified models in Europe, including all types (moderate hybrids, conventional, plug-in) and clean electric cars. Their total number will reach eighteen.

In addition, in the Puma ST-Line X and ST-Line Vignale trim levels, the gears can be manually changed with paddle shifters. So fuel economy isn’t the only plus of choosing a new transmission. Well, here, as usual, energy recovery during braking is responsible for saving: the generator at this moment charges the lithium-ion battery. A bonus to replacing “mechanics” with “robot” in a hybrid was the ability to use adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function on such a car, as well as remote start of the internal combustion engine via the FordPass app.


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