As of this week, Ford’s crossover family has grown to include another member: the Puma. The new model slots between the EcoSport and Kuga and has resurrected a moniker previously used on a Fiesta-based coupe that was
discontinued 17 years ago.
When it goes on sale at the end of the year, the Puma will be powered by a couple of mild-hybrid powertrains. Both of them combine a 1.0-liter, EcoBoost petrol engine with a 11.5 kW belt-driven, integrated starter/generator, and produce 125 PS (123 hp / 92 kW) and 155 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), respectively.
However, it’s the rumored ST variant that e’re most interested in, as it will reportedly get the oily bits of the Fiesta ST. Believed to have been spied testing at the Nurburgring last month, the Puma ST is expected to become one of the hottest vehicles in the small SUV segment. The 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder puts out a healthy 200 PS (197 hp / 147 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque in the hot hatch, allowing it to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds and up to a 232 km/h (144 mph) top speed.
The Puma ST has, inevitably, ended up on the radar of certain rendering artists, with Bekim Ajvazi already imagining how it might look like. The changes are very discreet, actually, and include the addition of the ST badges and a new pair of wheels. Nevertheless, we expect the actual model to get restyled bumpers and a lowered ground clearance, too, along with some trim updates inside.