A performance-focused version of the new Ford Puma called the Ford Puma ST will be added to the range next year. It will sit at the top of the Puma range and share its engine and gearbox with the Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback. We expect it to cost from around £30,000 when it arrives in showrooms in late 2020.
Various camouflaged Puma test cars have been sighted testing in recent months, all with a lower ride height, larger alloy wheels and a pair of exhaust tips similar to those seen on the Fiesta ST.
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Our exclusive images show how the Puma ST could look. We expect it to borrow design cues from other fast Ford models, including deeper front and rear bumpers, a deeper and wider front air dam and a more prominent rear spoiler.
As the Puma shares its underpinnings with the Fiesta hatchback, a performance model is likely to use the same 197bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine as the Fiesta ST.
The Puma ST will be front-wheel drive and have a six-speed manual gearbox, but it’s likely to be slower than the 6.5-second 0-62mph time of the Fiesta ST because of extra weight. Further performance upgrades over the standard Puma will include larger front brake discs.
When it launches, the Puma ST could have very few rivals, with the Nissan Juke Nismo RS no longer on sale and no other manufacturers offering a small performance SUV. One potential future rival could come from Hyundai, who are developing a performance version of the Kona SUV that will be produced under its N performance brand.
While there are no details of the Puma ST’s interior, you can expect the same subtle tweaks as seen on the Ford Focus ST, including sporty Recaro seats. A 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system could also feature, together with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system running Ford’s SYNC 3 software.