Hot new Ford Puma ST confirmed for 24 September unveiling
11 August 2020 - Autocar
Performance version of compact SUV is expected to share 197bhp turbo three-pot with Fiesta ST
Ford has confirmed that a hot ST version of its new Puma crossover will be unwrapped on 24 September.
A preview video (below) confirms the Hyundai Kona N rival's performance-inspired bodywork will bear a strong resemblance to recently spotted prototypes of the model. A short clip of its engine note at the end of the video sounds similar to the Fiesta ST's turbocharged three-cylinder motor.
The Puma ST will be largely told apart from the standard car with a subtle bespoke bodykit and wheels shared with the Fiesta ST, from which it will likely take its powertrain.
This 1.5-cylinder three-cylinder engine puts out 197bhp and 214lb ft, enough to send the hot supermini from 0-62mph in 6.7sec and on to a top speed of 144mph. The larger, higher-riding Puma will likely make some slight performance sacrifices.
2020 Ford Puma ST: hot crossover seen without disguise
Prototypes seen lapping the Nürburgring sported a prominent lower bodykit that extended around the car from a splitter-style front bumper to a new rear bumper that houses twin tailpipes.
Additional upgrades look to include lower, stiffer suspension and bigger brake discs, while an optional limited-slip differential, selectable driving modes and a launch control function will likely be available.
The Puma is the third model in Ford's European line-up to receive an ST version and the brand's first hot SUV to launch here. It will take on the similarly conceived Hyundai Kona N and Hyundai HR-V in the developing performance compact SUV segment.