We haven’t exactly tried to hide our affinity for the Ford Puma and the forthcoming Ford Puma ST, which in our mind is a far superior product to the dated and somewhat boring Ford EcoSport. And though Ford has not plans to sell the Puma here in America, it won’t stop us from coveting the sporty little crossover. And now that the Ford Puma ST-Line Vignale has just debuted, it makes us want one even more.
Vignale is Ford’s range-topping trim level in Europe, slotting even above the Titanium as an all-out luxury line. Meanwhile, the Ford ST-Line – as we have seen in other models like the also-new Ford Edge ST-Line, features all of the sporty styling enhancements of the ST models without the performance upgrades. As such, the Ford Puma ST-Line Vignale is a healthy merger of both worlds, being a sporty-looking model adorned with the most luxurious features The Blue Oval has to offer.
The Puma ST-Line Vignale takes the regular Puma ST-Line and adds even more premium styling bits and equipment, including things like a satin aluminium upper grille and grille surround, an ebony lower grille, a body-colored lower rear bumper, LED headlights, and a large rear spoiler on the outside.
Inside, the ST-Line Vignale comes standard with Windsor leather seats, a Manacor leather steering wheel, a premium B&O sound system, and Ford’s KeyFree system.
Also new to the Puma lineup is Ford’s 1.5L EcoBlue diesel engine that produces 123 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, along with a newly optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. These drivetrain options join the existing 1.0L EcoBoost Hybrid, the regular 1.0L EcoBoost, and existing six-speed manual transmission.
In addition to the Ford Puma ST-Line Vignale, the subcompact crossover is available in a variety of flavors, including Trend, Titanium, Titanium X and ST-Line X, along with the upcoming Puma ST, which will join the lineup later this year.