Since its launch a few years ago, the Ford Puma has remained a regular atop the list of the best-selling vehicles in Europe, and the small crossover has racked up its fair share of awards as well. Now, the Puma is heading to yet another market – South Africa – which is in the midst of a bit of a lineup revamp with the introduction of the all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak X, as well as a trio of Ford Everest trims, each of which launched in that region earlier this year.
Now, the Ford Puma will join those models in the automaker’s South African lineup when it launches next month in two trims – the Puma Titanium and the Puma ST-Line Vignale. The sporty Titanium trim comes equipped with black 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome elements in the grille, side skirts, and fog lamps, a Metallic Gray rear diffuser and skid plate, high gloss black window trim, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, wood-effect appliqués in the cluster bezel and instrument panel, and distinctive fabric inserts on the door panels.
As for the range-topping Puma ST-Line Vignale, that version of the crossover comes equipped with black 18-inch machined alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a unique front grille with matte black elements and a high-gloss surround, high-gloss fog lamp surrounds, a larger, functional roof spoiler, lower wing elements, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red stitching, alloy pedals, an aluminum gear shifter, and signature black headliner.
South African customers can choose from five different exterior colors – Frozen White, Fantastic Red, Gray Matter, Desert Island Blue, and Magnetic, but all models come equipped with the turbocharged Ford 1.0L I-3 EcoBoost engine, mated to the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the Titanium starts out at R569,900 ($29,874 USD), while the ST-Line Vignale has an MSRP of R613,900 ($32,180).