The Ford Puma subcompact SUV has been spotted several times over the last six months but it has always been very heavily camouflaged.
This latest sighting makes no exception, although there are quite a few differences compared to the last time the Puma was spotted testing near the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia.
For example, this test prototype spotted at the Nürburgring Nordschleife seems to wear the final production headlights — though they are partially covered with tape. Despite that, we can identify the teardrop shape and the fact that they appear to feature LEDs.
Another change compared to previous sightings is the different exhaust setup. In this case, the crossover features two round tailpipes instead of one. This is why our photographers claim the prototype is a Ford Puma ST.
While we can’t know for sure, we can’t rule that out given that the vehicle also features larger wheels in a sporty design and a honeycomb pattern on the grille. And let’s not forget this is the first time the Puma is spotted at the Nürburgring.
The regular Ford Puma SUV will launch by the end of this year as a 2020 model with Fiesta underpinnings. Consequently, the ST version will pack Fiesta ST mechanicals, including a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder making 200 PS (197 hp).
As announced by Ford earlier this year, the Puma will be built at the company’s Craiova plant in Romania where the EcoSport is currently made. The Ford Puma is expected to have its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.