2020 Ford Puma Spotted At The Nürburgring, Is It The Hot ST Version?

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.

Also read: 2018 Ford EcoSport Tries To Pass As A New Subcompact SUV

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.

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Photo credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • charlotteharry57

    OF COURSE there’ll be an ST version. Think the current $30K-ish top price of the EcoSport satisfies Ford? And that you can’t find one that was actually built, for under $27K? Not a chance. $35K, here we come!

  • Shtekeris

    I’m so looking forward to this car. My first car was Puma, so for nostalgy sake I might consider this.

    • jesterking

      Its not a car. Ford doesnt make cars anymore.

      • Zandit75

        Mustang, Continental….

  • Rocket

    The brakes look a little small for an ST, but the wheels and tires should fit the part.

    • jesterking

      Brakes look spot on for an ST. They typically have bigger rotors in the front than the back.

      • Rocket

        So does just about everything else on the road.

        • jesterking

          Not that dramatically

  • Merc1

    I just love the shape and proportions of this. Is it coming to the U.S.?

    M

  • UK

    Yep, that’s the ST version of the Puma. The regular versions have a single exhaust on the right hand side, whereas this car has twin pipes.

    • Matthijs

      Maybe the ST Line..?

  • jesterking

    Yuck! I will never understand the desire of a performance SUV or even a performance truck for that matter. They are utilitarian vehicles. If you want a performance car, get a performance car. If you want to drive Jr. around while getting groceries and going to soccer practice, get an SUV. If you want to do yard work or haul things around get a truck.

    Meshing these all together is destroying the auto markets by limiting what we can buy. I don’t want an SUV or a truck, FORD! I want a car! A CAR!

    After Im done with my current ST lease, I’m going to Subaru. Yeah I know they have issues, but at least they still make cars for car drivers.

    • Rocket

      While I don’t necessarily condone Ford’s decision to bail on passenger cars, I have no issue with their performance-oriented utility vehicles. (Well, aside from using the ST badge.) Life happens, and stuff and people need to be hauled. Nothing wrong with doing it the fastest and funnest way possible.

      • Mill0048

        The more I think if it, a performance compact CUV is like the next evolution of the hot hatch. Practicality, performance, and functionality. As long as there are driver focused vehicles, it may not be such a dark future. 🙂

    • jfalckt

      It is only an SUV if they say it is, Ford ‘bailing’ on passenger cars is BS, this is a passenger car, it just sits a few centimeters higher up than their previous cars.

  • J-Triumf

    I’d much rather they just sell the mk8 Fiesta ST in the US instead.

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